Waiting!

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Waiting!

Waiting is probably the most difficult thing for me. When an idea comes in my head, I can already see it to completion. It’s sometimes difficult for me to realize the time and effort that is required to get to the end result! I will sketch out an image on paper and expect Sammy to magically get it done by the weekend, but he lovingly explains everything that has to happen and it may take weeks, but it turns out to be so much better than it would have been if the process would have been rushed.

Sammy balances me out in this area and has proven to be the patient one in our relationship over the years. He, too, sees the final outcome, but also realizes the work and detail that has to go into making it right. If I were in charge, whatever it is that I’m attempting to do, would no doubt get done, but it most likely would involve errors and sloppiness.

Most often, the things we have to wait on are well worth the wait…….having a baby, waiting for a garden harvest, allowing treatments to attack an illness, working on that college degree or saving money for that down payment on a first home!

Waiting creates many emotions. In my case, often it’s impatience since I’m bent to want things so quickly. My anxious heart takes hold, and is only quieted sometimes by my husband’s rational perspective or God’s comforting embrace assuring me that He’s with me in the waiting.

Waiting can also create in us a discipline of trust. If it’s something material, like finishing a driveway (our current situation), then it’s trusting in the process and in the workers doing the job. Yet, if it’s a spiritual matter, waiting can be a time of resting in God’s timing and realizing that He is in control. I’m reminded often that God sees the entire picture, when we only see a portion.

Not only do scripture tell us to wait and trust, but it also tells us to be strong in the waiting.

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

Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

In the rush of things, we would most likely not have time for God, but it’s in the waiting that we can quiet our souls and look to Him for strength and courage as we wait. God can teach us in those waiting times if we allow him to enter into our rushed lives and be that calm voice of reason that we so desperately need.

So as I wait, I pray that my complaints and impatience will be minimal and my trust in God would be paramount. If waiting on God sharpens and increases my faith, then I welcome the waiting.

Colossians 1:11 “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…”

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It’s One of those Days!

Do you ever have days when you can’t seem to retrace the last hour of your life….your mind was somewhere else…..maybe you were driving and you realized that for the past hour or so, it was all a blur! How frightening! I’ve done that more times than I can count. No matter how focused we need to be on the present, sometimes our hearts and minds are pulling us away.

This week…this month…this year has been a blur at times.  So much heart ache and struggles and to be honest….spiritual warfare has been thick around here! I’ve always been taught that when God is doing some amazing things, that the enemy will be working over time!

Our daughter and family are coming in to town this week, so I’ve had a running checklist on my kitchen counter as well as in my mind…..cut grass…power wash patio…plant flowers…clean fridge and bathrooms….wash sheets….oh…and buy a new comforter for the guest room.

I hopped in the car and trekked over to Tuesday Morning…one of my all time favorite stores…and picked out a white comforter for the guest bedroom.  I decided, like always, to walk down every single aisle…just in case I found something else…and I always do. Today it was 2 for 1 pool loungers! Tuesday Morning was full of people, and it was difficult to get through the aisles.

I checked out and got back in my car to come home.  I suddenly was aware that I had on flip flops, which I haven’t worn for several weeks because of a skin cancer I had removed on the top of my foot.  It also felt like they were oddly large on my feet and were kind of flopping around on the peddles below.

At the stop sign, I glanced down at my feet and realized that I had accidentally slipped on our son, Austin’s, huge “man” flip flops! For goodness sakes, I had been flopping all around Tuesday Morning up and down every aisle and I never even noticed it!

Instead of being disturbed for my total lack of awareness, I smiled and even laughed a little at the thought of my absentmindedness.  When I slipped on those large flops when I left my home, my mind was totally thinking of something else.

I was also reminded that I need to keep my thoughts captive. I too often allow circumstances to direct my thoughts elsewhere  (mostly on worry) and lose focus of where I need to be. unnamed

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.