Thursday, November 1, 2012

Radical Waiting

I wrote a post on waiting recently...I think it is my most popular ever post. Probably because I have had to re-read it several times. 

Over summer while we were waiting on our buyers to give us their official purchase order on our farm, they kept waiting. After five months, they backed out and we returned their check. She said in her last email, 'wait, wait, wait.' (she really did say it three times)


We have the house on the market again, and have shown it five times in the last two weeks. We are waiting.

We have had two farmers want to purchase our farmland and the farm would remain on five acres. We have been in contact with both of them over price, and with our realtor to know if it might be a better route for us. And we are waiting.

I submitted a workshop proposal to teach at a conference back in April. First the announcements were going to be made in September, but they have been going through some revamping of their procedures and updating their website, so then it was going to be November 1st. It is 11:40 and I am still waiting.

Pictured here is my daughter and her little family. They are expecting baby #2. Last week there was a shifty day...but it proved to be a false start. We are waiting.

'Wiki answers' says the best answer to "How many times does the Bible say 'wait'?" is 106 times. I can take heart. It does help to remember that Noah waited. Abraham waited. Moses waited. Joshua waited. Joseph waited. Esther waited. Ruth waited.... It helps to be in good company. Plus I know God is working out some more 'kinks' in my character. And working in some good stuff like patience and trust...

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

    therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3:24

What are you waiting for?


Holly said...

Perfect timing...God's timing for me to read this.
I am waiting for the good Lord to bless me with a job so I am able to help support my family financially.

Anonymous said...

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27

Jen Ferguson said...

Oh, this is beautiful. It makes me want to just cleave to my BIble and sit with Him, my portion. So glad you found me through Melanie's site!!

Alicia said...

Oh, friend, I love how God places women in my life who just "get me"... I know that you know how I'm feeling as I sit in the darkness and wait to see what God will unfold- seems He's put all my dreams on hold and asked me to "be faithful in the small stuff" and so I am trying--- folding load after load of laundry and praying over those bodies that will wear those clean clothes, preparing meals- and meals-and meals- carpooling, CLINGING to His promises and His Word and knowing that He's shaping me in quiet ways in this "quiet" time. I used to think that waiting was a passive activity, but Funny thing is that waiting with hope is one of the most ACTIVE things I've ever done! Praying for you as you wait to see where God will lead and how He will write the next chapter of your story.