'Theoretical faith is always easier than practical, functional faith, and when we are faced with the challenge of waiting it can be disturbing to realize how little of that real-life faith we have. When forced to wait, we may find that what has given us peace and rest is not solid, functional confidence in God's presence, promises, power, wisdom, and love. Perhaps instead what has given us our inner sense of well-being is our ability to figure life out and our seeming power to control our circumstances, whether through intelligence, determination, prosperity, or something else. When God calls us to wait through circumstances we cannot understand and in places where important things are out of control, losing that inner peace can make life unbearably hard.
Waiting will always reveal where you have placed your hope. Your hope is always exposed by the way that you wait.'
Paul David Tripp, Broken-Down House, p.115.