Trust in the Waiting

Foggy morning.

Waiting. This season I am in is filled with waiting. I wait at golf courses as my son practices with his school’s golf team. I wait as my little sister’s baby is due later this spring. I wait for the latest layer of paint to dry on my recent art. I wait for word that my mother will receive a life saving transplant.

So many situations I am trusting Him with.

During the seasons of waiting we have a choice. We can wait with trust or with anxiety.

Trusting doesn’t come easily during the waiting. Some days you wake with complete peace, trusting in His plan. And then others dawn thick with fog. Discouragement sets in to steal peace. On those days, it seems harder to fight. Slowly I’m learning how to overcome and find the peace again though.

* Count the gifts no matter how small.

* Replace lies with His truth.

* Keep serving.

* Be still.

Fog was thick this morning. Yet as I drove into the fog I needed my sunglasses. It was a gift. A perfect picture of what He is teaching me — even though life is surrounds you with fog, choose to trust. Because when you choose to trust, the peace and joy will be present. Even through the fog.

Are you in a season of waiting? How do you keep trusting while waiting?

Even through the fog...

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Michelle - February 27, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Be still. This is something I struggle with – I think when we are still that anxiety arises because we feel we should be doing something, anything. When, in reality, that is the perfect time to let go, and let God.

Courtney - February 8, 2013 - 6:29 pm

I think the waiting is hard because it forces us to slow down, to stop doing, to realize that we *can’t* do anything about what’s happening. And all that space and time, it really can provide the perfect incubator for our fears and doubts to come bursting to the surface. And maybe that’s okay–because I think we have to let the fears out into the light before we can see them for what they are, before we can truly make the choice to believe what our fears tell us or to believe what God’s promised. Maybe that’s one of the many reasons God so often asks us to wait–to give a chance for the fears to be battled out, to teach us how to trust in the day-to-day life, to remind us that we’re not in control even when we’re *not* in a season of waiting. And your list of thins to do in the waiting, to choose that peace again and again? Yes. Every bit YES. PS–I keep forgetting to tell you that I love, love, love all your tree photos. Grace to you in the waiting place.

Sharon - February 8, 2013 - 11:37 am

Yes, I am in a season of waiting. I recently moved from where I had lived for 29 years. And it has often seemed like life came to a screeching halt. That is why God gave me the word *direction* as my word for 2013. And yes, I am often fraught with anxiety in the waiting. But what helps me the most is remembering how often people in the Bible went through great times of waiting before they fulfilled their purposes – Joseph, Moses, David – even Jesus.

I am comforted by the sure knowledge that God is NEVER late. And I must never believe the lie that He doesn’t know what He’s doing!

GOD BLESS!

Kim - February 7, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Waiting is something I struggle with a lot, but also something He’s used to teach me a lot. “Be still” is something God is whispering to me, too. And yes, you’ve reminded me – replace the lies with truth.

I hope that you feel God’s presence and blessing through your waiting!

HisFireFly - February 7, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Yes, we have a choice.

May we continue to choose trust!

Barbie - February 7, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Counting gifts no matter how small, replacing lies with truth, serving and being still — so important to learning how to trust. Thank you for sharing!

Renee - February 7, 2013 - 7:33 pm

This really spoke to me……….making a choice in how we wait…with trust or anxiety and also replacing the lies with the truth. Just what I needed to hear tonight. God bless.