As I considered a long-lost loved one – one about and for whom I have prayed many times, and one for whom the Lord has given me assurances over the years – the thought came to me, “This could be the day. I could get a phone call, or they might finally see their need for Savior Jesus and receive His love. This could be the day!”
There was another time I lived in that state of expectation about the possibility that this could be the day. My father, whose mental and physical health had deteriorated to the point that he needed to move to North Carolina to be closer to me, lived in Georgia and refused to consider the needed move. From a hospital stay, he was moved to a rehab facility for no longer than six weeks. He was adamant that he could return to his home and take care of himself, though the one who had been helping care for him (his older sister by twelve years) was leaving to receive help, herself.
I knew there was a definite end point to the wait; yet, it looked like an impossibility. Legally, there was nothing I could do against his will. As I struggled with worry and doubt, trying to figure out how it could ever happen, Holy Spirit encouraged me with something He promised me months before – that Dad would move. I released the worry and trusted Him to do what only He could do, in ways I could not imagine. From then on, I began each day with the thought that this could be the day for the phone call saying he had agreed. I really believed it. At the end of the days when the call hadn’t come, I refused to be discouraged, despite the rapidly-approaching deadline.
Sure enough, in the latter part of that 6-week stay in rehab, it was the day! My aunt called to say that Dad had agreed to the move. It had come in a way only God could have orchestrated, yet it had happened as He promised it would.
I am not aware of a definite time period in which this loved one must see and receive, but there ends the difference between the stories. My God does not lie. He is faithful and trustworthy. I can trust Him with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. He loves this loved one more than I, and He knows all the intricacies in their personality and all the circumstances in their life. By His Spirit, I have released any worry or doubt to Him. Now, instead, I receive His peace as I thank Him in advance for what He is doing. No matter how many days must pass until that time, I know this could be the day!
Lamentations 3:21-23 AMP 21 But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: 22 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
This could be the day for you, as well!