The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
Waiting is never easy. Waiting for an extended period of time is even harder.
Abraham continually waited for God's promises to be fulfilled. He waited 25 years for his son, Isaac to be born, and that's not even counting the time before God promised him a son that he and Sarah were hoping for a child. The Israelites waited 40 years until to reach the promise land after finally being freed from the Egyptians. Joseph was in prison for three years waiting to the released. Hannah and Elizabeth waited and prayed for children before Samuel and John the Baptist were born. Simeon sat in the temple day after day waiting for the Savior to come.
The common factor in all of this waiting is that God was with them. They trusted God and he carried them through.
They were not passive in their waiting, yet actively seeking God and striving to be obedient to Him. Abraham messed up, repented, and follow Gods plan to the best of his ability. Joseph could have wallowed in his circumstances yet he used his gifts to interpret the dreams of those around them. Hannah, Elizabeth, and Simeon were examples of faithful followers of God.
Instead of sitting back and waiting, they knew that God could still use them in their waiting, and more than that, that He wanted to use them.
We have such a great cloud of witnesses to use as examples
Even still, waiting isn't easy.
Waiting for China isn't easy.
But is it worth it? Yes
It's worth it because I know that God is leading me. I know that in my waiting I can become more dependent on Him and more persistent in prayer. It's worth it because the longer I wait the more I anticipate seeing the faces in person and not just in pictures on the internet. It's worth it because I trust Gods plan and in the fact that He will always see His plan through in His timing.
Waiting is hard, sometime almost unbearable, but if you are waiting on God is it always always worth it