“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

// Romans 8:24-27

A flowering cherry blossom, a freshly discovered pearl, a newborn baby – all these things are created hidden from our sight. The cherry blossom endures a harsh winter; its bare branches imply all is lost. The pearl is the product of irritation; the foreign substance that the oyster resists becomes the catalyst of a precious gem. A newborn is a dream nine months in the growing and goodness knows how many months in the believing. There’s something breathtaking about each of these creations, something beautiful in knowing there has been a time of surrender, of perseverance, of hope – a time of waiting – before we could behold them. It’s the same for our lives; our dreams lie on the other side of a season of waiting.

It is said that we can determine the value we place on something by how long we are prepared to wait for it. Ask any pregnant woman and she will reply that, boy or girl, her heart simply desires a healthy baby. And she knows the closer to full term that she carries her child, the healthier they will be. Aren’t the plans God has for us just as precious? Yet so many of us succumb to impatience; we try to rush His process, taking things into our own hands, until suddenly we’re left holding nothing but miscarried dreams.

We avoid this scenario by learning to wait well; by hoping for what we do not have, patiently. Our dreams are not elusive to Him, what is for us will not pass us by. In fact, it’s already been done in God’s eyes. We must keep walking in obedience. We must be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised [Romans 4:21].

Ultimately, perseverance is learning to trust that while God cares about the present, He sees the full picture and cares about that more; cares about us becoming all that He has planned. If He doesn’t do what we want in this moment, we can know that there’s a moment in the future we’ll be thankful that He didn’t. God is on His own timeline because He loves us. The waiting does not diminish us. We must trust His process. He makes all things beautiful in His time [Ecclesiastes 3:11].

Surrender is our worship. Patience is our praise. Expectant joy is our testimony. Hope is our reward.

Whatever you’re waiting for today – keep believing; keep asking; keep climbing. Even through tears, keep climbing. Lean in to the points of tension. Push through the moments of resistance. Be joyfully hidden. Let God’s process create something precious and beautiful in you. He is doing great things; it is worth it all. Perseverance produces character, and character, hope [Romans 5:4]. Or as the oyster would say: no grit, no pearl.

// Jolie Egan