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“What if, sometimes, there be mists and fogs so thick that I cannot see the path? It is enough that You hold my hand, and guide me in the darkness; for walking with You in the gloom is far sweeter and safer than walking alone in the sunlight!” -Susannah Spurgeon
Part of fulfilling my job as a nanny includes filling these little hearts and minds with books, songs, stories, and words that drive their thoughts, hearts, and affections to the only righteous One. Here are some of my recommendations for doing so. (Link in bio.)
Lilli was praying while coloring earlier and said, “God, I love You when You’re the same and I still love You when You’re not the same.” • This echoes a lot of conversations we have on a daily basis, conversations of how she is loved regardless of her actions and how we “love you when you listen and we love you don’t.” • “Hey, Lilli, want to hear some amazing news?” • She always does. • “God never changes,” I tell her. “He’s always the same.” • “Wow.” • “How does that make you feel?” • She smiled so big. “It makes me feel really happy.” • “Why would that make you happy?” • “Because I love Him and I want Him to come everywhere with me and if He never changes it means He is always with me.” • She’s three years old. • Solid theology is a comfort for every age. Praise God for His immutability.
“Are you not willing to pass through every ordeal if by any means you may save some?” -Charles Spurgeon

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When You Don’t Know What You’re Waiting For

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“What do I do, God? What would You have me do in this situation?” 

I wish I could tell you those questions, repeatedly and sincerely prayed, were met with a booming voice from heaven that said, “This is My beloved will in which I am well pleased; go and do it, honey child,” but, alas, that hasn’t happened.

Instead, after writing those questions in my journal, I read Psalm 27 and was met with words that have become as familiar as my afternoon cup of coffee:

“Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!” -Psalm 27:14

Scripture, man. It’s like yeast: alive and active. It’s like a fog light: searching and exposing. It’s like a sword: sharp and piercing.

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A couple of observations from this verse:

1. Let = choose to
2. Repeated phrases = important

I’m in a waiting season. I don’t know where I’ll be next year (or if God wrote me into His story that is the year 2017). I don’t know what God is doing right now. I don’t know what He’s asking from me except this: trust. obey. rest. repeat.

Things I’m learning in the waitlands (not wastelands because God isn’t wasting a thing here):

Waiting is not an excuse for obedience here and now.

Waiting is not code for “figure this out on your own.”

Waiting is not justification for ignoring what/where God is leading in hopes that He changes His mind and asks of you something easier.

Waiting is not passive.

Waiting is a verb that not only reminds us to wholly lean on Jesus’ name but to stay active and obedient in the last thing He’s called us to do.

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Maybe you’re like me and you don’t know with certainty what you’re waiting for, just that you are to wait for now.

Regardless of the circumstances, we can have confidence in who we are waiting for.

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” -Psalm 37:7a

Not only that, we can have confidence in who we are waiting with.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

In this period of waiting, we must intentionally resist anxiety and fiercely stake our hope not in what we can figure out but in the One who knows the end from the beginning and who soaks His love into our every breath.

My hope for us is that, instead of worrying and fretting over what may or may not happen in the next season (or the next), God would find us active and faithful in our waiting.

“Worry springs from not being convinced of a sovereign God’s absolute love for you. Worry disappears when you realize that God loves you unfailingly and will let nothing interrupt His plans for your good.” -J.D. Greear

6 comments on “When You Don’t Know What You’re Waiting For

  1. Tricia says:

    Wise words! Thanks for sharing them!
    Waiting is difficult sometimes. It helps to know that God is with you, and He is planning something good for you.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Tricia. It is difficult! Praise for truth!

  2. ron thompson says:

    “Scripture, man. It’s like yeast: alive and active. It’s like a fog light: searching and exposing. It’s like a sword: sharp and piercing.” I love that statement!

    1. Thanks, Ron!! I hope you and Dawn are doing well—I miss you both!!

  3. thislovablelife says:

    I loved that last quote. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 Also, is that your handwriting in the other quote? I LOVE IT! #handwritingenvy 😉

    1. Isn’t that quote SO GOOD?! I love it too. And yes, that’s my handwriting, lol. ❤

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