"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God..."
"And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly."
"And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened ..."
Don't you just love those 'suddenly verses'? Suddenly, the sky turned white, suddenly the ground shook, suddenly God rewarded faithfulness. Something was one way for years and years and then poof! Something changed forever. Suddenly.
Of course, we love suddenlies to happen all the time. We want all our problems to suddenly vanish. We want that broken appliance to suddenly start working again. We want cousin Belinda Sue to suddenly start using some wisdom.
Yet most suddenlies come so very, very slowly.
But they do come if we hang in there with belief and hope and courage. If we faithfully do our part. If we don't give-up and become all whiney-complainy miserable.
It's good to remember the times when you woke up and everything suddenly looked brighter--you felt happier than you had in months, but who knows why? Or the appliance was fixed, the loan was paid off or your house was sold. Or maybe your back no longer ached, you and your estranged friend had made-up or you looked down at the scale and saw you were ten pounds lighter.
Suddenly! Everything had changed from the way it was yesterday.
Never stop believing for suddenlies. And never stop patiently, joyfully living in between them.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." ... Galations 6:9