Thursday, August 19, 2010

Still waiting

Still no action on our house.  And God continues to say, "Wait."  The reason we want to move, sooner than later, is because our house is about 80% packed up and ready to go!  We're stopped right now ~ not wanting to unpack and not wanting to continue packing until we know we have a buyer for our house.

So God is my teacher, I am the student, and the lesson is . . . waiting.

"Wait for the Lord.  Be strong and take heart 
and wait for the Lord."  
(Psalm 27:14)

What am I called to do during the waiting time?  Be strong.  Take heart.

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits.  and in His word I put my hope.  My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning."
(Psalm 130:5-6)

What am I called to do during the waiting time?  Put my hope in God's word and pro-actively watch for the Lord to work.

"In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice.  In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
(Psalm 5:3)

What am I called to do during the waiting time?  Lay my requests before the Lord and expect Him to answer ~ not in a presumptuous "Answer me!" kind of way.  But knowing God loves me and as a parent knows what is best for a child, He desires to do what is best for me.  When the time is just right.

"Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You.  Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.  
My soul yearns for You in the night; 
in the morning, my spirit longs for You."
(Isaiah 26:8-9a)

What am I called to do during the waiting time?  Continue to walk closely to Jesus, seeking His glory to be seen through me.  Longing for Him, desiring Him, lifting Him up.

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.  
Do not fret when men succeed in their ways, 
when they carry out their wicked schemes."
(Psalm 37:7)

What am I called to do during the waiting time?  Be still and wait with patience.  Don't look at what others are doing or not doing (or houses that may be selling when ours isn't :).

"We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.  
May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, 
even as we put our hope in You."
(Psalm 33:20-22)

What am I called to do during the waiting time?  Wait in hope!  Rejoice in the Lord, trusting in who God is ~ Redeemer, Savior, Father, Provider, Rock, Guide, Friend . . . 

Okay.  It's a sure thing that there will be seasons of "waiting times", or all of these passages wouldn't be in God's word.  I'm clinging to every word of every one of these verses right now.  Thank you, Lord, for the instructions on HOW to wait.  I want to learn the lessons well.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Several weeks ago, we got a contract on our house.  It had only been on the market for a short time, so we were obviously very excited.  The only hitch was that we needed to be out of the house in about 15 days.  We got very busy and our lives began to revolve around packing boxes.  God opened the doors for us to put a contract on a new house that is literally across the street from a house we lived in for 16 years.  We love the neighborhood and were thrilled to be moving back.

I enlisted the help of some wonderful friends and family to clean and repair and give some much needed TLC to the house we were headed for (it had been sitting empty for over a year).  About 20 people gathered last Saturday to clean out cobwebs, put shelf liner in the kitchen, scrub floors, clean bathrooms, pressure wash the outside . . . we worked hard and got it ready to move into.

Later in the afternoon on Saturday as I was getting ready to leave, Carolyn (our agent and the owner of the house) walked in and proceeded to tell me that the buyers of our current house had found a few things in the home inspection that were not to their liking and now wanted out of the contract. Because of the nature of what these issues are (thankfully, they aren't serious issues for us to take care of) they had the right to do that.

Interestingly, in that moment when I should have panicked, I felt extreme peace.  And I told Carolyn that.  God has not brought us this far to leave us stranded.

So here we are.  Our house is about 80% packed and ready to move.  The new house, ready for us to move into.  But we no longer have a buyer for our current house.

Sunday night, I was pondering what I needed to do.  Originally, I had been planning on continuing the packing jobs since we would be potentially moving 4 days later.  But now, we were on hold. Did I now need to UNPACK these boxes and get the house ready to show again?  I felt like God gently said, "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).  "Don't take a picture off the wall, but don't put any back on the wall either.  Just be still."  So I did.

And now we wait.  We wait with hope.  We wait with the assurance that none of this is a surprise to the Lord.

This morning, I was thinking of some of the "heroes of faith" mentioned in the Bible and thought it would be good to just quote some of these men, learning from their lives that God will ALWAYS be faithful.  And He does have a plan for us (Jer. 29:11).

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."  
(Moses, as he stood before the Red Sea wondering how he would lead the people of Israel with Pharoah's chariots in pursuit).

"But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold." 
(Job, in the midst of his extreme suffering).

"I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me.  
He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; 
God sends His love and His faithfulness."  
(David, when he was fleeing for his life from Saul).

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord.  I will be joyful in God my Savior."  
(Habakkuk, as the Babylonians were about to take over Israel).

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  
(Paul, writing from a Roman prison).

Even as I write this, I'm very aware that the fact that I'm in limbo in boxes, wondering if our house will sell, wondering if we will still move to the house on our old street . . . those are not life and death issues.  We aren't in prison like Paul, being chased down by military enemies like David, or infected with sores all over our bodies like Job.  And yet, God cares about everything we're experiencing and He is watching over us, COMPLETELY aware of our circumstances.  These seasons are when the Lord shows us His creativity in answering our prayers.  He will not leave us hanging.  Yes, we may have to learn to wait.  But there is purpose in the waiting.  And His timing will be perfect.

"Wait for the Lord.
Be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord."
(Psalm 27:14)