So much of waiting includes hiddenness. You feel hidden. Your way feels hidden. God feels hidden.
We live in a world that’s wired to investigate and uncover what’s hiding in order to expose a wrong or put a noteworthy thing on display. We only like mystery if we can solve it and figure it out, and we become easily frustrated with a mystery we aren’t capable of figuring out or, even worse, we are not in control of when the mystery is solved.
If waiting includes hiddenness than hiddenness includes mystery.
When we feel hidden or our way forward is hidden, we can feel lost and unsteady. When God feels hidden we can feel hurt any even bitter. We wait, and wait, and wait for hidden things to come to light, and mysterious things to be solved, and with every passing day we are tempted to become more dismayed.
Let’s consider this idea of hiddenness and mystery a little differently. Whether you’ve been the the one throwing a surprise party or have been a recipient of one (where you were ACTUALLY surprised), you know that it only works if everything is hidden.
The element of surprise and celebration of joy is hinged on everyone’s ability to KEEP the secret. There is a huge sense of success by everyone involved when the person being surprised actually is surprised, and had no idea what was going on. We all walk a little taller, and feel a little more accomplished when the hidden thing stays hidden until the proper time to reveal it.
Proverbs 25:2 says,
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter
Just like the person throwing the surprise party is jealous over concealing the surprise, God’s glory and privilege (as it’s said in other translations), is to conceal the “matter”, whatever that may be. The glory of man is to search it out. We love solving mysteries, uncovering what’s hidden, but God?
It’s his glory to conceal it because it’s his glory to reveal it at the right time…the time where it will bring you the most joy and fulfillment.
What matter are you waiting for? What matter is hidden and shrouded in mystery? What if there is a proper time for that matter to be revealed, just like the moment you walk in to what you think is a romantic dinner for two and find everyone and their brother screaming “happy birthday” at your surprise party?
The waiting, the hiddenness, the mystery is all necessary to ultimately GIVE you something precious, and in the precisely right moment. In your waiting remember that God conceals so he can reveal, and he is anxiously waiting to give you all that he has prepared and planned for you.