For some reason I'm feeling a little nostalgic today. And because I have the best mother-in-law ever, she took Jayci for the day (and night!) so I have some time to get some work done. Which also includes writing a blog post, of course.
I think that 2010 will forever be seared in my memory as the year of WAITING. And waiting some more. And trying really hard to be patient while I live out of suitcases for more than half the year. . . And then waiting just a LITTLE longer until 2011 when we can actually start working on our new house.
The thing about this "year of waiting" is that I'm just not a very patient person. I hate waiting. In line. For internet pages to load. To get something in the mail. I love instant gratification, and I'm pretty adamant about wanting something and wanting it now. I realize this isn't my most endearing trait, and I also realize that maybe that's part of the reason for this whole year and the things I've been learning while I wait.
One verse that the Lord continues to bring me back to time and time again through this period of waiting expectantly is Isaiah 40:31: "but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Back at the beginning of the year, when I was doing the Beth Moore study on Esther, she spoke briefly about this verse, and her words have stuck with me all year long.
She said that we will ALWAYS grow weary when we wait upon the thing. But if we are waiting for the LORD, then we will renew our strength in mighty ways. And there, I believe, has been the heart of my problem. I keep waiting for the thing. I keep waiting to MOVE DOWNTOWN ALREADY. I mean, we're doing it FOR the Lord, because He has called us. So shouldn't He hurry this process along? But when I stop and wait for the Lord to show up, He does. He always shows up. And He's never late.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD -Psalm 24:17
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him -Psalm 37:7
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope -Psalm 130:5
Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. -Isaiah 26:8
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. -Romans 8:25
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised -Hebrews 6:15
And just so you know, I'm pretty positive that 2011 is going to be the year of new beginnings. And I can't wait to share that journey with y'all!