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Waiting for the Whole Story.

In life, it is crucial to wait for the whole story.

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How many times in relationships do we only see the smallest portion of the story? Many relationships have ended because one person failed to ask questions and assumed the worst. Other relationships have been tarnished and filled with animosity because one person knew a sliver of the story and decided not to ask any questions. They decided to hold onto a small shred of information (possibly not even true). That small shred of information, or misinformation, causes a divide in the relationship if the truth is not sought out. Great damage can be done in relationships and to individuals in these circumstances. As we choose to ask the right questions, we discover the whole story. We discover the motivations of the other person and why they behave in a certain manner. 

Your life currently may not look anything like the life you envisioned. You might wonder what is going on. What is God doing? What am I doing? Wait for the whole story, my friend. Life is often best understood looking backwards. Continue to look forward, as you await being able to look backward one day and better understand. If we don’t wait for the whole story, we may be filled with despair. We’ll lose hope. We must trust God with the whole story. 

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What if the apostles had simply moved on with their lives after Jesus died? What if they decided to forget all about this Jesus Christ that had turned their lives upside down? The story was far from over. Jesus rose from the dead. He then spent another 40 days with the Apostles before descending into Heaven. So as not to leave them alone, He sent the Holy Spirit (Who remains with us, now and forever). The whole story is very, very important. The Cross does not make sense without the Resurrection. The Resurrection does not make sense without the Cross. 

Wait for the whole story. Seek it out, if you have any questions or doubts. Your relationships will look different and you’ll be more apt to be generous with others. Relationships may be restored. Your trust in God will be stronger. You’ll be more hope-filled.

Wait for the whole story. You never know the difference it will make in your life and in someone else’s.

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Advent & Looking to Mary.

Today marks the beginning of Advent.

Like other Jews, Mary (mother of Jesus) longed for the fulfillment of the prophecies promising a Savior to Israel. (Never could she have imagined, even in her wildest dreams, that she would be the one to bring Him into the world!) In my life, I’m (still) waiting for the fulfillment of so many of God’s promises to me.

As I go about Advent, I am going to look at Mary and the hope of her Son. No matter how painful the waiting (for all kinds of fulfillment), I want to be strong as Mary was. I want to trust His promises to me. I want to grasp onto His faithfulness, to trust, even when there is no hope within my line of sight.

I want to say “yes” as Mary did, and not to count the cost. Her cost for saying “yes” to conceiving the Savior could have meant death for her. I don’t know if the cost for me will ever mean physical death (as a martyr), but it does mean dying to myself and my own plans every day.

I want to say “yes” and not question why He asks a certain experience of me. Mary didn’t question why she specifically was being asked to carry out the magnificent task of carrying the Son of God within her womb and mothering Him. She simply said: I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38) I have many questions about why I am asked to carry certain things. Why am I entrusted with this or that? Yet, His plan is sovereign and wise. I want Mary’s courage to simply say “yes,” only looking forward and keeping my eyes on Him.

I can’t imagine the temptation to impatience there was for Mary during her pregnancy. Can you imagine being told by an angel that you would conceive in a supernatural way…And not only that, but that the child would be the Savior of all humanity! Mary protected Jesus in her womb for 9 months and waited all those months to behold her beautiful Savior face to face. She must have faced persecution for her out of wedlock pregnancy, most people not having a clue of Whom she carried. Yet she carried the evidence of what people believed was sin in her body, waiting and waiting to hold Him, and for the world to know Who this special Child was.  In all of my waiting…To finish school for a more fulfilling job where I will no longer live paycheck to paycheck, in waiting to meet or know who my husband is, in waiting to find a more permanent living situation…Impatience. Yet most of all, longing for the day I meet my Redeemer face to face, and live in perfect joy forever with Him and all the saints. Waiting. There is always something to wait for. The waiting, the longing, the feelings of never being settled…Mary teaches me to wait. She is teaching me endless strength, and to have faith. She shows me the example of a woman who followed the Lord without fear, no matter where it led her.

So now I step into Advent, a season of the Church where my daily lived experience is made manifest. I’m thankful to have Mary to look to for the virtues I need the most at this time. Most of all, I’m grateful that she said “yes,” so that our Savior could come into the world!

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” Luke 1:45

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Listen to the Song.

Some of my very favorite songs are ones that I didn’t like the beginning of. I may have even skipped them for another song before I came back to listen fully and appreciate them. Then, when I came back and listened to them all the way through, I couldn’t stop listening. They are the songs I listen to on repeat now. I wonder, what if I had skipped them? I would have missed out on something beautiful.

What about the song of your life? Maybe it isn’t going the pace you like, and seems too slow. The silence at the beginning might be too much and you just want the tempo to pick up. Maybe you don’t see how the voices and all the parts are working together yet. The middle may not be what you expected. Perhaps you just want to skip to the end to see how it finishes.

My friends, we need to listen to the full song. Each part is working together to make the song a masterpiece. The beginning is only that-the beginning. There are many parts in between, and only taken as a whole can it be fully understood and appreciated. Keep waiting. Keep praying through each note and silence. Keep listening. Don’t skip ahead, because each part has something meaningful to offer and melds with the other parts.

He created you with a song that is only yours, and no one else’s. Your song is unrepeatable. Keep listening, my friend. The song isn’t over yet.

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Single Sundays in February.

My dear readers,

I know for many singles, Sundays are difficult. Sundays are the day when you sit in a pew alone, while other couples have the gift of worshiping together. The pews are packed with smiling babies, crying babies, and children of every age. After church, you don’t get to talk in the car about the sermon, the Scriptures, and the songs with your love. You don’t go home and enjoy a wonderful Sunday meal with your family (or at least, not a spouse and your kids). Traditionally a family day, it might be a day that you spend mostly alone.

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During this month of February, when Valentine’s Day is celebrated and reminders of love are all around, I am going to write a series called “Single Sundays.” I hope to talk about some of the challenges faced by single people, the gifts involved with singleness, and the graces of God given! I will be posting each Sunday as well as a bonus post on February 14th, the day Valentine’s Day is celebrated!

I will be writing about:

We’re all in this together, my fellow single people!

 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”~Philippians 4:13

(Additionally, I am writing a short book of reflections on the topic of singleness and waiting for a spouse! The book will include all of these topics. Stay tuned for further announcements on this project!)

A World Used To “The Way It Is.”

Have you ever noticed that we live in a world that doesn’t like change to the way things are?

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr‘s birthday. Martin Luther King Jr. died for theMartin Luther King.png cause of equality for all the races in the United States. There were many people opposed to his message. They wanted things to stay the way they were. In the end, the opposition killed him. This year will mark 49 years since his life was taken too soon. His legacy lives on. Many freedoms have been secured for equality between races. Now, segregation is illegal. Black children and white children attend school together. People of every color can drink from the same water fountain, and decide where they would like to sit on a public bus. Citizens of every race can cast their vote in elections.Though the laws have changed, many realities have not. So we press on. MLK teaches us to fight for justice and what is right in a world that doesn’t want things to change.

When you are living a life different than what the world says you should, you will encounter opposition. 

When you go deeper in a relationship with God and abandon your life to live totally for HIM, there will be resistance.

When you seek justice for the oppressed, you will battle opposition.

When you do things in a way that is outside the status quo, there will be resistance.

When you make decisions that don’t follow the normal, there will be opposition.

When you wait on the Lord for HIS choice of spouse, people will think you are picky and unreasonable.

If you are seeking to live an authentic Christian life, the world will try to silence you.

Step outside the status quo. Forget what the world says. Take a leap of faith in the walk that God has given you, and the strength that you have been given to walk it out.

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What Are You Waiting For?

What are you waiting for? Each one of us is waiting for something. Waiting is not easy. Yet it can be a very blessed time. In fact, I venture that it is actually a gift! We must, however, use it well. Waiting is not in vain. It may feel like walking through a desert with no hope of water or reaching your destination, but is taking you to a Promised Land, just as it did the Israelites. Check out my post on Ignitum Today for more on this topic!

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I pray that you may have the grace to wait well and be at peace during this time! May you realize what a gift it is to wait. Rest in Him.

 

Behind the Scenes

2016 started out totally uncertain.

I sat with my parent’s on New Year’s Day at a coffee shop, discussing my plans for the coming year. They asked about when I planned to do this or that. The one thing I knew is that I have dreams for this year, big dreams that I have hoped and prayed for a very long time. However, I have no idea of the timing! I laughed when they asked me about my plans. The fact was, I didn’t even know if I would be going into work on Monday! I had received a summons for jury duty, and was told to call a certain number, and then I would know whether to report on Monday or not. (I didn’t find out for sure until 6 AM on Monday! Crazy, right?) Yes, my Heavenly Father is teaching me that I am not in control! I must rely on Him, moment by moment! 

God is working behind the scenes. As I live out my life each day, I don’t know what the next minute will bring, the next day, or the next month. I have no idea of what is going on backstage. But I know that it is for my good.

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When I look back on my life, I am amazed at the events God has pulled off. The experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met, and the blessings that God has poured out upon me are simply astounding. I especially remember the unexpected email from a former boss that led me to my current job. Our Father in Heaven was definitely working behind the scenes, orchestrating a chain of events to put me into this position. Even at this very moment, God is working behind the scenes to orchestrate events that I have no idea about. 2016 is all in His hands. He is doing the same for you.

Remember that the behind the scenes work takes much time and preparation. But when the curtain is drawn, a wondrous scene will play out, one much awaited. Trust Your Heavenly Father as He works behind the scenes for you, my friend. Trust.