December 11 - Carly Hogan

Listen to Light After Darkness by King’s Kaleidoscope (click here to listen)

I’m just going to say it: I hate waiting. I don’t mean waiting your turn in a line or waiting for your food at a restaurant; I can deal with those. I hate waiting for people to treat others with kindness and respect. I hate waiting for people trapped in slavery all over the world to be freed. I hate waiting for people to recognize their own ignorance and prejudice. I hate waiting for the global church to respect women as equals and individuals. 

I hate praying “on earth as it is in heaven” and waiting for change.

 When I become too frustrated at God and people for the way things are, I often listen to the same song I had you listen to.

Near after distant, gleam after good / Love after loneliness, life after tomb

After the agony, rapture of bliss / Glory awaits beyond the abyss. 

Give me the hope of tomorrow. Give me the strength of today. 

You are the promise of peace, my pathway to faith 

These lyrics reminds me of a few things: 

1. There are highs and lows in everything. Some days I’m going to feel all of the heartache that comes with living in this place, and other times I’ll be able to rejoice in a work of God I see coming to fruition. I can’t have one without the other. 

2. Jesus suffered too and not only on the cross. God knows the heartaches of life. And my heart should break in the same way God’s does.

3. This is not the end. “Glory awaits beyond the abyss.” Even if it’s all I can do, I can remember the hope I have in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

So I will continue to wait, and I will pray for the stalwart faith it takes to persevere in the midst of problems that daily break my heart.