Longing to See

Cheri Strange

Day 14: Longing to See

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On Shigionoth.

O LORD, I have heard of your fame,
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:1-2

Longing to see

Last summer my daughter, Sophia, and I traveled to Ethiopia with a small team from America World. It was the first time she and I had been back since her adoption eight years ago. In the span of those years, international adoption has halted and most private organizations specializing in orphan care have shut down operations and exited the country. AWAA has chosen to downsize, remain present inside the country, and continue serving those in need.

Just because the rules changed doesn’t mean the orphan crisis has resolved. Children continue on without families or any hope by alarming numbers. And because you can’t know what you don’t know, the two of us went.

longing to see

The focus of our visit was two large facilities for girls, from birth to eighteen. We held babies. Toddlers swarmed me at the kneecap for hugs. In fact, one little cutie continued to circle around again and again. They braided our hair and fell in love with my Sophia. I quickly made friends with a hoard of teenagers. I was there, and I cared. But you need to know, this is nothing short of a dire situation. The heart of America Word is longing to see God move here.

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God’s People Long to See

Not only was Nehemiah longing to see the same in his day, but we find Habakkuk sharing the same hearts cry. Things in Jerusalem were not going well. Doom and destruction were clambering at the gates. He knew his history lessons and Bible trivia. Jehovah was known to be a God of miracles. He was the God who saves His people and listens to their cries for help.

Habakkuk was longing to see God step in and act. He was calling for a revival of Divine work because, even though he had not seen it, personally, this man had tasted of God’s goodness, His mercy, and His ability to fulfill promises.

So, he does what you and I should do in our own situations. Look again at the opening verse, but this time in the Amplified Version.

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, set to wild, enthusiastic, and triumphal music.

This desperate prayer is an ode planned to wild, enthusiastic, and triumphal music. That tells me, even though Habakkuk has not experienced anything yet, he’s giving God the benefit of the doubt. This man has set the tone for believing God for what he cannot see.

What about you?

Are you longing to see God move in a situation personally?

What would it look like for you to set a triumphant tone to your prayers today?



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