John preached about waiting this past Sunday. It was a good, encouraging message and full of truth. Why is it that some days it’s relatively easy to wait and trust that God is doing something even though I can’t see anything happening and other days, like today, the waiting becomes a heavy weight pressing down on my heart, squeezing out tears?
I’ve blogged about waiting many times, encouraged others about it. Today I’m not feeling it. I confessed to God and He listened….at least it seemed like He did. It seems in long, drawn-out times of waiting trusting is a monumental feat, like running uphill at the end of your workout, legs becoming like lead and heart pounding as if it would jump out and run down the street by itself.
In my waiting, I did hear God caution me, “Don’t get too focused on yourself or start feeling sorry for yourself.” I don’t want to do that. I do have to be honest with Him about the way I feel. Lunch with my hubby, who was also a bit down today, was a good idea. We visited about other things and enjoyed a hot lunch on a chilly, windy day. Getting a few messages from loving Christian friends saying they understand and are praying for us definitely helped. Amazing how those small things make such a big difference. I guess you could say they are emotional endorphins that help me keep going through the fatigue. A call from my oldest daughter who was happily leaving a really good job interview lifted my spirits. When she’s feeling especially good or loving towards me she often calls me “Momma.” As she said goodbye, she also said “I love you, Momma.” Oh my. My heart just filled up with love. Thank you, God. Such little things that do such wonders for me. You are there, aren’t You?
Forgive my cynicism. It seems to be trying to creep up and cover me more and more these days as the time drags on and we wait for answers in so many areas of our life. I absolutely love the book of Psalms in the Bible. It has to be my favorite. I think the heart God gave me to worship him is drawn to the honesty found in its short chapters. If David was a man after God’s own heart and he got away with such blatant honesty, then it must be okay for me too! I found this verse today and don’t remember reading it before, even though I’ve read through all the Psalms a number of times:
“I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me?” Psalm 119:81-82 NLT
I could so easily pray that prayer today. God I am worn out waiting! I am tired and sad. I am frustrated! I realize that I’ve still been holding onto and hoping in the outcomes I come up with myself, the possibilities that I think are good endings. I can see that to truly hope ONLY in You, I have to let go of ALL of that. You’ve brought me to a new level of surrender and it’s hard, Papa. My hope truly is ONLY in You. I have nothing else. You are my sustainer, my Father, my friend, my healer, my guide. I trust You. I just need you to hold me up as each step right now takes great effort.
My hope is in You. You are worthy of praise. I’m so eager for You to do something I can testify about. My eyes are straining to see You keep your promises to me, O God! When?! Can You hear me?