Waiting


Hi friends– Here’s a bit I wrote for the Women’s Blog at church.  It means a lot to me– Thought you might be waiting on something in your life too…

WAITING

I am not a patient “waiter.” I think you know what I mean. Waiting in line at the market in the 5:00 afternoon rush—or waiting on the phone, way beyond reason, to be connected the person I need to talk to. It gives me the fidgets.

Right now Larry and I are waiting on a matter of much greater magnitude. At times, it’s kept me awake in the night. And made my mind run to the worst outcome. The wait has stretched long beyond what we had hoped.

But in waits of consequence, I do find myself coming to God with my impatient prayers—taking him up on his “cast all your cares upon him” offer (I Peter 5:7). He knows me– my hopes, my needs, my impatience with the lengthening wait. I can rest and trust him in that.

On the back page of my Bible, I’m making a growing list of verses that talk about waiting. Exodus 12:40 recounts the Israelites waiting 430 years in Egypt. Yikes!

It heartens me to read “morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” –Psalm 5:3. Expecting God to hear and help.

And I love Psalm 33:20-22. “We wait in hope for the Lord; … for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Hope and unfailing love—It’s what he gives at times like this.

C.S. Lewis said, “I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.” Got it.

And Elizabeth Elliot understands the depths of waiting—“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting hearts to God about it whenever it intrudes upon ones thoughts.”   She’s right. It’s the uncertainty that’s gnawing at me and the lifting it up to God that makes it bearable.

So I’m trying to find contentment , even joy in the wait. I don’t want to foolishly miss the good in “now”. The wait could be time to reconcile myself to news I don’t want to hear when the wait is over, to be ready. It could be a rest in the road—to read or quilt or play with grand-kids or care for friends who have their own waits. I think it’s called “living in the moment” even as I impatiently wait.

This I know. God’s love is unfailing and that is where I put my hope. So for now, I’m waiting.

P.S. photo from a park walk this evening with our Wisconsin kids.

28 thoughts on “Waiting

  1. Rhonda….thank you for sharing these thoughts. I missed it in the Wonen’s blog. Very powerful. My heart aches for you as you “wait”.

    • You’re so dear Christine– you’ve had your own waiting, so I think you understand how crazy it is. –We’re back at Laurel & John’s house this week, a great break. I’m wondering if the hikers are home yet?!! hugs hugs.

  2. Hoping for a resolution soon Rhonda. The “not knowing” can cause such anxiety that is for sure. A trusted friend once shared with me that no matter the worst outcome, I could face it with faith and family…you have both and you will be OK. Praying for you.

  3. I am sorry this season has been so hard and the waiting so long. Thank you for sharing this…it is so beautiful and a wonderful reminder…love you you and your family. Hope to see you soon!

  4. This is incredible, Rhonda. You have an immense faith in God, and it opens so much doesn’t it? Sending you and Larry many blessings. And, you are welcome to email me anytime. 🙂
    Love to you and a big (patient!) hug, Debbie
    ps – my spiritual mentor John-Roger has said how patience can go with relaxation, and letting go and letting God. So true, from what I’m aware of.

  5. Ugh it’s so true. Waiting is HARD, especially on big, important things. But it takes strength to be proactive and encouraging about it. You’re perspective is spot on.

  6. This is so beautifully written Rhonda and very timely for me. And thanks for sharing this! It means a lot to me cause just like you I’m waiting too – it’s been more than 3 years now. I hope everything will turn out well for both of us Rhonda! Big hugs😘

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