Monday, December 14, 2015

The Season of Waiting

As a little kid, I remember I couldn't wait until Christmas morning when I woke up before my family to see the Christmas tree and loved seeing all the presents wrapped in fancy packaging with bows under the tree. I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the morning before the hustle of the opening presents, delicious breakfast and the chaos of extended family coming over for Christmas. I couldn't wait for the anticipation of what the day would bring. As an adult, waiting is something I despise. I don't have the patience or anticipation I had as a child. It's not fun.

Have you ever been in a season of waiting? Maybe it's a season that has lasted longer than you thought. Something that should be so simple has been so hard.

Are you waiting for a job promotion?
Do you have a dream lingering in your head?
Are you waiting to be a parent?
Maybe you're anticipating a phone call for a job interview.
Are you making offers on houses to watch every single offer be rejected?
Will your husband finally check into your marriage?
Are you sticking close to your cell phone hoping for an email from a family member whom you haven't heard from in ages?
Is this the day your child will finally learn how to read?
Are you ready for your broken heart to be made whole from the ugly divorce?
Maybe you're praying for a miracle and hearing nothing from Heaven.
Are you so tired of begging people for funds to help with your adoption costs and you're ready to throw in the towel because it's too much emotional energy?
Do you have a child who won't potty train and you're out of ideas?
Will healing ever come to your body?
Maybe you're waiting for financial burdens to be erased?

I'm not sure what your season of "waiting for" entails, but whatever that thing is, I know it means something to you. Whether you believe it's big or small, it's important. The season of waiting can cause doubt, disappointment, pain, exhaustion, and anxiety.  Waiting for a dream, a job, a child, adoption funds, parenting frustrations or healing are all things worth "waiting for."

As I was mulling over the topic of waiting and anticipation, especially as we near Christmas, it got me thinking of sweet Mary. Nine months she was "waiting for" and anticipating the birth of Jesus. I can't imagine the thoughts she was having about giving birth to the son of God. She was in a season of waiting until one night when he came in a manager. I imagine this wasn't her plan for his birth, and I think this is so true of the thing we are "waiting for." It never happens the way we think it's supposed to happen. It's always grander, better and more beautiful that we anticipated because we waited it out for the better plan. Sometimes the thing we are "waiting for" that seemed so long, so hard comes out with a simple answer a year down the road. Other times, we see that certain events in our life had to happen to get us to the final destination of the thing we were "waiting for" or anticipating.

Our plan in the waiting isn't always his plan. His plan far outweighs ours.
In my season of waiting, I cling to this truth:

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Exodus 14:14

His plan is far better.
He will fight for me.
Be still.

If you're in a season of waiting or anticipating, know you're not alone, but in the end, it will be worth it. Maybe you're looking for answers, I wish I had them for you, but the one who has the answers, he opens his arms daily, inviting people to follow as he shows a better way to love and anticipate in the waiting. 

Blessings and prayers in your waiting,

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