The Big Wait

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Sisters…in the great casting call of life, all of us are waiting for something: a new thing, good news, a reward, a beginning or an end. And, in the wait, are we intent on becoming, or beholding?

Sigh. It’s a heavy question.

Before I met my husband, I was a lady in waiting. Then, I was a college graduate, in waiting, for a job. I waited for the job, landed it, and found out a few months later that I was pregnant. A new wait began…a momma-to-be in waiting.

In the ups and downs and round and rounds, we wait. And, it’s often about what we’re becoming, isn’t it? Not that it’s a bad thing to anticipate change and growth and maturity and even righteousness. These things make waiting a little more bearable, because it keeps things exciting. But, we all know that the longer the wait, the less exciting it becomes. And THAT is the point of contention.

Recently, our family made a big decision. And, at first, there was a great deal of confirmation and adrenaline with it. But the wait became long — longer than expected. Gradually, the big wait felt more like, um…the big weight.

So, I did what any upright Christian lady would do (being sarcastic, of course):

I got a little bothered by the long wait and got a bit wordy with my prayers and petitions. Do you do that? Suddenly, I had a lot of genius ideas about how to get the ball rollin’ and begged the Lord for signs and more confirmation. I acted out.

So Jesus did what only He could do.

In grace (so much grace!), He showed Himself faithful by leading me to His Word. My heart was sensitive to it. So often, we gloss over words in scripture, and dismiss the order and intentionality of them. One of these words is behold.

Before doing a new thing [Isaiah 43:19], before bringing good news [Luke 2:10], and before His coming again [Revelation 22:12], we see it…behold. Behold is placed before something. It implies this: a waiting period!

I can’t say I’ve completely ‘caught on’ to the fullness of the JOY being offered here, in the wait. Fact : I’m wrestling at this very moment, with sharing this, knowing that I am not ‘on the other side’ of the wait yet (see, the struggle with what I’m becoming continues). But, what I DO know, in beholding Jesus, is that He is faithful. He works in the window of in the meantime…all of the time. His love will not be subdued. His plan will not change. Believing this and preaching this…

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” [Philippians 1:6 MSG] *emphasis mine

 

Pray –

Jesus, many hearts are bearing the great weight of waiting today. I pray for help in beholding you. I’m convinced that you are working, and it is a good work! You love us, Jesus, and you take precious time to fashion plans, in ways beyond what our minds can imagine or even understand, in the now.

Awaken us in the waiting hours, to see that they are the holy ones: moments to watch you…to behold you.

Summer Pendley

Hi there 🙂 I'm Summer, daughter of Jesus...saved, restored, & known by Him. I've been married to my love, Jason, for 15 years, and am a happy mommy to a son, Noah, and daughter, Sailer. I love quiet mornings, coffee, listening to music, reading, running, and dreaming 😉 I'm passionate about simple things, and making time to encourage and love others well. The intentionality of Jesus, in pursuing me, hemming me in, gathering the ruins of my life, and lavishing grace over me overwhelms me daily. You'll find me here, in story after story of Him rescuing me, loving me, teaching me, and drawing me into worship. In honesty, I'll share of the emotional and psychological strains of my life & how Jesus continues to reclaim & rebuild, from the inside out. Let me always speak of His faithfulness & goodness...so that you will know that He is good.

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  1. I’ve been meditating on the scripture “Be still and Know that I am God.”
    Waiting is definitely NOT my forte… So I totally relate to every word. Great article!!

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    • Friend…I know! Waiting is such a rich time of seeing Christ. I’ve learned that. But, day to day, I struggle with walking in that belief. The stillness that you mentioned…yes. So good. xx

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  2. My husband and I run a ministry in War Wv and last night at Bible study it was about sharing the gospel. My husbands thoughts are that as soon as you are saved you should be out there spreading the word and I said no we need to allow the potter to work the clay before you do that..wait. So needless to say I read the message that God put on your heart this morning about waiting. Thank you for confirmation and the leg work of the scripture that says behold.

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    • Mary…thank you for stopping by the cafe today! And, thank you for sharing this part of your story…I find myself with an eagerness to be a doer of the word, but forgetting that in order to DO, I must KNOW…and, the stillness and waiting is where we often gain knowledge of Him, huh? Oh, that we would be sensitive to Him & His word…and that He would hush us & enable us in the moments to behold. It is a continued prayer of mine…praying for you, your husband, & this ministry as you share…both in the waiting times & the ‘go’ times…

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