Posts tagged Waiting
Living a Life of Wonder {DWITW 365}
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Today I was supposed to be married. I was supposed to have a really hot husband, kids so cute you could eat them, and my mom’s cheesy potato recipe mastered.

Today I was supposed to be an award-winning novelist. I was supposed to have my signature perfected, public speaking mastered, and money issues managed.

Today I was supposed to have insecurity knocked to the curb. I was supposed to have the jealousy and fear of missing out issues handled, self-confidence accomplished, and security in who I was managed.

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I think humans have always walked through life with a mental collection of things they must accomplish in a certain amount of time. When things don't go right, we’ve looked to Someone higher and, eloquently or not, said, “But, like, are You forreal?”

You could pick any former age from 18 to 29, and if you would’ve asked me what I’d have at 30, I would’ve given the list above. Sisters, I am weeks from my thirty-first orbit around the sun, and not one of these things can be checked off.

I’m not married to a hot husband, I don’t mother edible children, and I still can’t make those cheesy potatoes like Momma Duff does.

I’m not an award-winning novelist, my signature still vaguely resembles fourth grade Steph’s who thought she was the next Leann Rimes, and budgeting still hurts me.

I don’t have insecurity figured out, I still struggle with jealousy, and I still want to be invited to things, even if there’s a chance my introverting will have me say no.

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A life walking alongside Jesus means a life of waiting when we’d rather not.

When we meet the prophet Habakkuk in chapter one, brother is riled up. He desires help from the Lord and he’s wondering just how long things will continue before God steps in and does His thing. I don’t think anything Habakkuk is raising up to the Lord makes him especially unique. He is a human, which by default makes him unique, but his concerns are the skeleton roots of a hundred thousand prayers. Prayers uttered across time and miles from believers to their Father. Why? When? How long? Hurry. Please?

A life walking alongside Jesus means a life of waiting when we’d rather not. It means asking questions knowing the answers may not come with urgency. And hoping blindly with the understanding that what we want and what we need often rest on opposite ends of a spectrum. I see myself in Habakkuk as he’s pleading with the Lord, and I imagine how he might’ve felt when he received the Lord’s answer.

Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.
– Habakkuk 1:5

How many times have we been in Habakkuk’s very position – crying out to the Lord, and when we receive something vastly different, felt as if our mic wasn’t on?

But Jesus is at work, even when we don’t see or feel it.

When I was 27-years old, I desperately wanted love. And Jesus called me to India. I went kicking and screaming. I didn’t understand why I had to go around the world, because I was certain I wasn’t going to meet a man there. And I didn’t. But I met a boy. And he changed everything.

Can we live in wonder, waiting to be astounded?

There are only so many scenarios we can imagine, as humans. But God sees everything. And because He sees everything, His work, whether I feel it or not, is far better than any scene my narrow-mindedness can conjure. You see, I went to India, I met a boy, and my entire life flipped upside down. I learned what it meant to love someone you’d rarely see and talk to. I learned to say yes, not knowing what might come next. I learned all the things I’d hoped for weren’t bad, but they weren’t the best for me at that time.

I don’t know what you’re dreaming for or praying about, but I imagine it’s not coming as swiftly as you’d like. Can we challenge each other today, sisters? Can we live in wonder, waiting to be astounded? While I’m sure the thing you’re praying for is lovely and worth your prayers, I know Jesus has a bigger storyline, with bolder roles for you. And He’s just waiting to escort you onto the page.

We cannot imagine the joy He has for us, but He’s eager to offer it, just the same. It is His pleasure to offer us a life of wonder.

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 Steph Duff wants to live in a world where every human, whether small or regular-sized, learns to use their voice and is seen and known. When she's not traveling and story telling with Back2Back Ministries, you'll likely find her drinking excessive cups of coffee, with her nose in a book, or daydreaming about India. Her favorite scripture is Habakkuk 1:5, and she prays for a world in which Jesus is the name on every lip. Learn a little more about her love for semi-colons, what stirs her blood, and the yearnings of her heart over at www.stephaniduff.wordpress.com.

In The Waiting {DWITW 365}
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Last week’s reading of Scripture led us through 1 Samuel 16, where we were introduced to one of the most well-known and influential characters of the Bible: David. In 1 Samuel 16, the prophet Samuel is sent to Jesse of Bethlehem to anoint one of his sons as king. Of course, God chooses the son that no one would suspect of being king: the young shepherd boy, David. After such a deliberate and intentional choosing, it would be easy to assume that God is ready to put His chosen one on the throne automatically. However, a close study of Scripture tells us that the time between David’s anointing and his kingship is fifteen years! It isn’t until 2 Samuel 5 that David actually steps onto the throne and is acknowledged as the King of Judah.

Those of us who are familiar with the stories of the Bible may find it easy to merely skim over these years as just simply a few chapters in the Bible. David knew that he was going to be King. Those in his armies knew that he was going to be King. And yet...he was not king - for 15 years!

David sought to declare God’s goodness and His sovereign timing

In fact, he is very much the opposite of the king. He is a refugee fleeing for his very life from the land and the people that he was promised that he would rule over. And, in the pages of God’s Word, we find many of David’s recorded Psalms (or songs) that were written during his time of waiting to take the throne.  During his long years of waiting, David showed consistent steadfast faith in God and His ability to fulfill His promises. Through these recorded Psalms, we get to see a beautiful window into David’s heart.

First, David acknowledges his honest feelings during this time of waiting and seeking refuge - feelings of longing, fear, and a declaring of his need for God to show up (Ps 7:1-2; Ps 31:9-13; Ps 56:1-2; Ps 120). During this time, David sought to declare God’s goodness and His sovereign timing (Ps 31:19-20; Ps 54:6-7). In fact, instead of always focusing on himself and how he felt, He spent time praising God and focusing on His good attributes (Ps 34; Ps 142:5; Ps 63; Ps 124). Even after acknowledging his own feelings and circumstances (that are often less than ideal), David continues on with an attitude of thankfulness (Ps 7:17, Ps 56:3-4). And in those times of despair, David remembers to that his  refuge is ultimately found in the Lord (Ps 27, Ps 31; Ps 56:3-4; Ps 17:15). Finally, he boldly  asks the Lord for deliverance from his afflictions (Ps 35; Ps 123).

I cannot imagine what this time of waiting must have felt like for David. I am sure that there were days when it was easy for him to praise God and acknowledge His promises. However, I’m sure, there were other days that were difficult and full of affliction. Throughout all these ups and downs, we can see from his writings and the history found in Samuel, that David remained faithful to God and steadfast in his worship of Him.

While we all wait for things now, are we choosing to acknowledge our feelings, but ultimately declare God’s sovereignty over our situations?

As believers, we can relate with David’s struggle of waiting. We, like David, have been given a fulfillment and a promise. While David’s fulfillment was anointing, our fulfillment is salvation through David’s eventual heir - Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:8-9). David’s promise was eventually taking the throne, while our promise is being freed from the shackles and bonds of sin that bind us - both now and once for all when Christ returns (1 John 3:2). 

We can also relate to David on a more personal note. What are you waiting for, right now, in this life? Maybe you are longing for a husband, a baby, or a friend. Maybe you are waiting for a broken relationship to be healed, or a job to be provided. While we all wait for things now, are we choosing to acknowledge our feelings, but ultimately declare God’s sovereignty over our situations? Are you spending time continuing to praise God? Do you have an attitude of thankfulness, or are you choosing to grumble and complain? Are you taking refuge in the Lord, or in other earthly, fleeting “fulfillments” of this life? In these times of waiting, may our attitudes look more like David’s attitude, who, in his time of waiting, penned these words in Psalm 27: “I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord.

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Suzanne Hines wants to live in a world where sunflowers bloom in eternal summer, where her children play instead of argue and where her family has an endless budget for travel. When she's not loving her husband, training and teaching her three children, and spreading education on the foster care system, you can find her writing, reading or running outside!

Her favorite Scripture is Romans 12:12 "...be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer..." (NIV)