Stand still, keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, Go forward. (Charles Spurgeon)
But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. (Exodus 23:29-30, NIV)
To produce the most excellent possible image in landscape photography, you have to wait for what the experts called the magic hour or golden hour. To simplify this, it is usually the 30 minutes before and after sunrise, and the 30 minutes before and after sunset. That is it. That is all you have throughout a 24hour opportunity. And you have to hope that the sun will radiate a colourful light. Unless there is this hopeful anticipation, you would not bother waiting for it. So, wait and hope you must.
Like waiting for the magic hour, we need to wait a lot of times in life, to get our best shot. And waiting is one of the most difficult things to do in this world. Our culture is completely opposed to waiting. Everything is done as quickly as possible.
Most of these unpleasant consequences are a direct result of not being willing to wait. But God is not in a hurry.
And many times, waiting becomes a wearisome journey. It discourages us. It makes us, sometimes, lose hope.
In Exodus 23, God promises the Israelites the Promised Land, yet He seemed to drag His feet on keeping His promise to them. God did not give the Israelites the Promised Land all at once because they were not yet large enough to occupy it. If God had given them all the land promised to them right away, the wild animals would have outnumbered them and destroyed the hard work they put in to cultivating the land.
God is preparing you for a successful transition into His plan when you are ready. If He does it too soon, you would not be ready for it, and it would not be ready for you.
God will only give us what we are prepared to handle once we are prepared to handle it.
It is like the magic hour. You do not know when God will give you the promise of a golden light at dawn, or at sunset. So patiently wait for it. Sometimes, the sunrise or sunset that you have waited for so long become so cloudy. The golden light rays cannot penetrate the thick clouds and all you can see is grey, bland skies. Sometimes, it will rain. All of your waiting for the magic hour comes to nothing.
But there will come a time that everything will fall into its proper place so the sun can emit its golden and beautiful colour. Then you will see your much awaited magic light. It is worth the wait. It is worth the hope.
By the way, someone said that there is no repeated sunset. God does not repeat a sunrise or a sunset image! That is how creative our God is. He is indeed the God of new things.
Wait for the great light. Wait on God.He delights on those who wait for Him with hopeful anticipation. He delights in giving us new things to wait for.