Psalm 33:20 “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”
Good words from Frederick Faber — Growth in Holiness by Fredrick Faber (1905)
“In the spiritual life God chooses to try our patience first of all by His slowness … He is slow: we are swift and precipitate. It is because we are but for a time, and He has been for eternity …” (Page 116)
“There is something greatly overawing in the extreme slowness of God. Let it overshadow our souls, but let it not disquiet them …” (Page 117)
“We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and the lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and He will come. He never comes to those who do not wait. He does not go their road. When He comes, go with Him, but go slowly, fall a little behind; when he quickens His pace, be sure of it, before you quicken yours. But when He slackens, slacken at once: and do not be slow only, but silent, very silent, for He is God.” (Page 120)
“If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.”
Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; He will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they are to yield plentiful showers. How can we have rain without clouds?
Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the black chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be the gladder for the shower. He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord’s love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits.