For Those Who Are Waiting

I am a pretty patient person. I wait in lines or waiting rooms and surf the interwebs. I’m not much of a spontaneous shopper. I order online and wait 5-7 business days. I do that fairly well. I wait.

As I’ve gotten older, my God-sized dream is becoming clearer. But, I’ve noticed that my normal patient tendency can become a bit hazy. I don’t want that to be the case. This God adventure that we call the Christian life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and setbacks and successes. I want to wait well and trust the purposes of God.

Psalm 130 recently rocked me to my core. The Israelites, during their forty years in the desert, waited. That’s all they did. How they waited affected how long they stayed in the wilderness. Their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land was supposed to take 11 days. Although there is provision and learning in the desert, I don’t want it to take 40 years to see the fulfillment of my dream.

Like many of you, I’m in that in-between place. God has been so faithful to open doors of opportunity, and yet I desire for more open doors. But I want to wait in the right way.

Our attitudes have a great deal to do with our process and time frame in regard to stepping into our callings.

Help, God — the bottom has fallen out of my life!
Master, hear my cry for help!
Listen hard! Open your ears!
Listen to my cries for mercy.

If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings,
who would stand a chance?
As it turns out, forgiveness is Your habit,
and that’s why You’re worshiped.

I pray to God — my life a prayer — 
and wait for what He’ll say and do.
My life’s on the line before God, my Lord,
waiting and watching till morning,
waiting and watching till morning.

O Israel, wait and watch for God —
with God’s arrival comes love,
with God’s arrival comes generous redemption.
No doubt about it — He’ll redeem Israel,
buy back Israel from captivity to sin.
{Psalm 130, MSG}


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On Dying Well

Okay, so I realize the title might throw you off, but hang with me. If you’ve been in this space for the past few months, you may remember this post I wrote in June of last year. It was all about my dear friends, Steve and Gayla. Steve battled cancer for a couple of years. He was 39 with three small kids. I wrote about how our community rallied around his family and met every conceivable need they had. Often times, needs were met they didn’t even know they had. It was amazing and beautiful, encouraging and challenging.

Well, sadly, he lost his battle to cancer in October. The funeral was filled with thousands from near and far who came to celebrate Steve’s life and legacy. I sobbed and I laughed as person after person told stories about Steve. My sweet Gayla went first. She shared with us about how they were neighbors growing up and how Steve was madly in love with a slightly younger Gayla. It took her a while to return said love.

During the reception after, I was talking with someone and she said, “There are many people teaching us how to live well, but no one teaching us how to die well.” That statement hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s true, right? I had the honor of being intimately involved in Steve and Gayla’s lives during his last year. I was there several days of the week into the wee hours of the morning. I fought back tears when I would see him in his declining health. Because it happened so quickly.


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