Leaving Knoxville, loading up our entire lives, and trucking across the country to set down roots among the snowy peaks of Steamboat Springs, Colorado was not easy (and I’m not talking about the mere 1,500 miles we traveled by Suburban to get here). We made the trip with a smile on our face and excitement in our voice, but it was and still is scary. However, we are certain that this is the Lord’s will for us. God, in His kindness, has given many checkpoints of affirmation along the way. Yet, in the middle of this incredible confidence in God’s amazing work, I’m anxious. I’m worried. I’m restless.
Home. It truly is the people. I get that. But I want a house – a permanent house. Since Mark and I got married, not even four years ago, we’ve called five different structures home. My 15 month old has lived in three different places. I want this house to be our final destination here on earth, or at least for more than two years, but I’ll take at least ten!
Please, Lord, please. This has been my never ending prayer these last several weeks. You see, the house we are currently renting is for sale, and it’s the house we are pretty certain we want to buy. However, we need more time. It’s been on the market for a while, but the very day our boxes arrived, we received a call that they would like to show the house. That’s scary. It was paralyzing. I didn’t want to unpack. Please, Lord, please.
Scripture speaks often to this dilemma – waiting. Scripture expounds on the process of waiting when what the Lord is doing makes no sense at all.
It takes forty years in the desert for the Israelites to reach the Promised Land.
Noah and his family endured days and nights of torrential rain and animal stench.
Esther fasted and prepared to go to the king risking her entire life.
Mary and Joseph had to endure nine months before Jesus was born.
Jesus had to grow up submitting to mere mortals before he fulfilled his calling.
All these processes. All these journeys to the same spot — the revealing of God’s glory.
We serve an on-time God. I submit we serve an all the time God who requires the journey because we are a right now people. I want this house right now. I want the money to buy right now. So as I’ve meditated, prayed, cried, and repented, there are seven truths I keep recalling about our current journey.
7 Things to Remember while Waiting on the Lord
1. Everything changes. Nothing truly ever stays the same. Therefore, we must not be dependent on our circumstances.
2. God loves you. God cares more about our relationship with Him than He does about our comfort and ease. We are uncomfortable because He loves us. Our eternity is supremely important to Him.
3. God is sovereign. There is nothing that comes to us that God has not ordained. He is truly in complete control. Trust Him.
4. This too shall pass. Nothing is permanent. Seasons come and seasons go. This season will not rob us of our joy!
5. God is supremely holy. Nothing is more important than God’s glory. Our circumstances should not draw our attention away from what is truly most important – Jesus.
6. God’s comfort. Jesus endured the mocking and shame for you and me. He knows how we feel. We are not alone.
7. Look for God in the moment. Every moment is a manifestation of God. He is present. He wants us to see Him. Look for Him. Don’t miss Him. He’s there.
Right now, my home consists of a man who loves me, a boy who adores me, and a dog who tolerates me. This is home wherever the structure may plant me. If only I would long for Heaven the way I long for this three bedroom, two and a half bath, with a jacuzzi out back.
What about you? Do you struggle with wanting something you can’t have?
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