For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
Habakkuk cries out to God, "How long will evil have its way without your justice?" God answers that justice is coming and that it is worth the wait. This vision sustains Habakkuk and leads him to speak of God's greatness.
God has provided us a vision as well. It is a vision of a world where all tears are dried and all joy is realized. This Kingdom is the one that Jesus offered us. We can receive it freely, knowing that it is good. Yet our cry is like the prophet's, "How long?"
Part of growing in our relationship with God is to wait for God's process to be done. At times, it seems like forever, and many times, it is painful: injury, divorce, betrayal, cancer, death... the list goes on and on. God does call us to die to ourselves after all.
In moments of pain and anguish, when we are frustrated and fearful, we must hold on to the vision of the Kingdom that Jesus gave us. This Kingdom will be fully realized -- it will surely come; it will not delay.
This is part of a series: Reflections.