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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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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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