Intermission: a time of anticipating what will happen next.
The Israelites wandering 40 years in the wilderness before finding Canaan, waiting 70 years in exile after the destruction of the first temple until it would be rebuilt, suffering through 4 years of Holocaust before the destruction of the Nazi killing machines–these were all times of waiting to see what God would do next.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
they will see it with their own eyes.
Burst into songs of joy together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord will lay bare his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see
the salvation of our God. [Isaiah 52:8b-10]
There have been many “intermissions” in my life when God was not yet ready to share with me his answer to my prayers. It is hard to wait. I don’t like waiting for justice when evil erupts in acts of unspeakable violence. I don’t like waiting to see what will happen tomorrow.
Prepare yourself to see what God will do next.