For now, wait

Every day I have wanted to write.

Yet, as I open the app, begin to type and the words do not come.

I believe it is partly because I am still quite busy with work. I am truly grateful that I can even utter that sentence. I feel deeply for everyone that has lost a job during this crisis, and for those that are barely holding onto one. I have dear friends that are in leadership positions having to make decisions on cuts, and I pray in earnest for wisdom in their difficult decisions.

With all that is occurring in our world right now, with this crisis unifying us in unknowns and mandates of social distancing, and with all of us needing to be better about checking in on friends & family to see if they are really okay… inspiration comes and then flutters away when I sit to write.

Too much.

Too much to compute. This truly is a different level of feeling very distinct feelings all at once.

Peace and anxiety

Joy and sadness

Relief and distress

Comfort and deep concern

Right now: What are you feeling at the same time?

There is a weight – unique and foreign – to all of what we are going through right now. I imagine it is the length of time. This time of anticipation… of waiting.

We are in wait of the invisible threat to pass through our community, and, hopefully, pass by our doorstep.

I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.

// Psalm 40:1 NIV

“While you’re waiting, God is working.

Don’t think that a season of waiting means that God has stopped working. He’s just taking you through that season because he’s using the time to work in your circumstances for your good.

You’re going to spend a lot of life waiting. If you don’t figure out how to trust God while you’re waiting, you’ll spend a lot of your life not trusting God.

God is never in a hurry. He’s eternal! He is watching. He is working.

He is seeing how and when you will trust him as you’re waiting.”

// Pastor Rick Warren

Because I have so much in me right now, I will write when I can. I committed to this blog years ago as a way to encourage and remind us – anyone who happens by – that we are not alone and our God is faithful, trustworthy and loving.

In the waiting, we must actively stay the course by rooting ourselves in His promises (read His Word faithfully), speaking to others about how God is moving and working in our lives, and being still in front of Him to access His strength and peace.

I trust the Lord God to save me, and I will wait for him to answer my prayer.

// Micah 7:7 CEV

Take Courage by Bethel Music

Slow down, take time
“Breathe in,” He said
He’d reveal what’s to come
The thoughts in His mind
Always higher than mine
He’ll reveal all to come

Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He’s in the waiting
He’s in the waiting
Hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He’s never failing
He’s never failing

Sing praise my soul
Find strength in joy
Let His Words lead you on
Do not forget
His great faithfulness
He’ll finish all He’s begun

Find the rest of Pastor Rick’s devotional –

For inspiration, listen to Take Courage by Bethel Music with Kristene Dimarco –

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