I woke up at 5am this morning with the words, “Though it tarries, wait.” I was in a half-commatosed state and it had to be God speaking because

a) I was half asleep  and b) I don’t speak like that, I don’t use that kind of language.

So I looked it up and this is what I found. It was in the NKV version which I don’t read as much as my NIV bible. The word ‘tarry’ doesn’t appear in the NIV.

Habakkuk 2

New King James Version (NKJV)

2 I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.

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Then the Lord answered me and said:

“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.



I was both puzzled and encouraged. Puzzled because it could refer to any number of things. Could it be about my sister and mum? I refer to the previous ‘Mother’s Day’ post. Could it be about the promises he’s given me along the way? Is he talking about things I’ve been praying for? Is it a reminder that each day we are nearing the end (although I hope it’s a way off as I’ve got too much to do and enjoy and finish before then!)

Maybe it’s a combination of all of the above or something else. What I do know though is that it encouraged me through those few words which said ‘wait.’ It gave me hope that God is on the case in every area of my life and I wanted to share it with you as a reminder that he is infinitely nearer to us than we can imagine and intricately involved in the tapestry of our lives, in the little things that weave together the bigger picture that is our life and God’s plans for us and for those around us. I get so excited when I see God at work, and he is, all the time! Isn’t it just amazing that he plans and purposes things in our lives that we can’t possibly do by ourselves?



I looked up the word ‘tarry’ out of interest. My knowledge of Old English words isn’t so good. We don’t use it today do we? So it makes it hard to get to the root of the meaning. Here’s what I found out.

From Middle English tarienterien (“to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay”),

From Old English tiriantirgantergan (“to worry, exasperate, pain, provoke, excite”),

From Proto-Germanic *terganan (“to drag”),

FromProto-Indo-European *deregʰ- (“to pull, tug, irritate”).

From Dutch tergen (“to provoke”), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke”),

From Russian дергать (dergat’, “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up”).



I love words, and I’m assuming that because you all enjoy blogging, most of you do too. I did get a little carried away but, hey.

It’s interesting that the words harass, provoke, exasperate, drag, irritate come up with the word ‘tarry.’ Isn’t that how waiting makes us feel sometimes? Don’t

you often think “I wish it would come sooner? Does God know what he’s up to? Why do I have to wait? Why, why why?”


I look at traffic lights when I’m driving and sometimes when I seen an amber light I speed up to get through it at the lights which are slow to change.

What the amber light actually means is ‘wait’ not ‘speed up.’ Sometimes in areas of our lives we can be tempted to speed up instead of wait and then we get

stressed and wonder why we’re tired or things are not working. Next time I see the amber light I’m going to try to stop, give things up to God, pray and then

wait for the green light. Amber doesn’t mean ‘stop’ it does just mean ‘wait’ and ‘not yet.’



I hope these words from Habakkuk are as much of an encouragement to you as they have been to me today.