Thursday, February 12, 2009

Waiting well

Today I spoke with a few friends who are waiting.

And if you've ever had to wait, you know waiting is hard.

One of them said the most simple, yet profound statement to me. Through her tears she told me, "We are choosing to wait, but that doesn't mean it is easy."

I could not agree with that statement more. It could not be a more accurate description of the two-year season of waiting Ryan and I experienced. We chose to wait on God. We chose to wait in Hope for our future family. But it was not easy. It was really really hard.

During my season of waiting a friend gave me a copy of a talk from her church in Iowa: the sermon was titled Waiting Well and it was given by Pastor John Fuller at Prairie Lakes Church.

I listened to this sermon over and over again. It gave me hope. It gave me encouragement. It helped me wait well. It was, by far, one of the most impactful sermons I have ever heard. Here are the notes I took on waiting well:

Be assured of this, if you are not in it right now, God will call all of us to waiting periods in our lives.

The way that we wait reveals the extent to which we trust the one we are ultimately waiting for.

It’s not that you will have to wait, cuz we all are going to have to wait. It’s how you wait. What happens when you wait.

How then do we wait well on God?

1 Think right while you wait. God will often use waiting parts in your life to groom you. You can grind against it or say “God, keep making me more like you.” Never forget that God is working in you….you can grind against it or you can accept it.

2 – Stay present in the waiting. There is always the temptation to look to the next thing. You gotta grow right where he’s got you. Mary said “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said" and "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Holy is his name."

3 – Watch out. Don’t become a weak target during your wait. Whatever your greatest strength is can be your greatest weakness. Don’t lose the time while your waiting, use the time for the Kingdom.

4 – Give thanks. Contentment comes when we abandon the search for what we lack and learn to live with what we have. Even if it’s a desert time, he’s got ya.

5 – Seek God. Learn to love God not just for what he can do for you – not just the gifts and blessings – learn to just love God. I just want you. I want to know you.

How you wait matters. If you wait well….one day you will be able to say, “Here’s what God did, here’s what God did, here’s what God did during my wait.”

Friends, that is what this blog is all about. Sharing what God did during my wait. Some days I waited well, some days I did not. It was the hardest desert season of my life. But today I firmly believe what Pastor Fuller says: The way that we wait reveals the extent to which we trust the one we are ultimately waiting for.

It's not about our wait. Really it isn't. It's about trusting the One we are ultimately waiting for.

May we all strive to wait well and one day we'll all share what God did during our wait.


Stacey said...

Thanks for sharing your notes on what sounds like an amazing sermon. Unfortunately I've gone through years of NOT waiting well, and only brief seasons of waiting well. I'm trying to reverse that! It is certainly a hard thing to do.

Anonymous said...

love this. love you. thanks for letting me watch you wait well for so many years....mir

G & H said...

so beautiful! I have spent way to long on the computer looking over your blog and pasts post I can see what a blessing you will be in my life as you share HIS word! Thank you so much and I cant wait ( no pun intended) to continue to follow your journey