We are still waiting for Baby Ivy to arrive. It's hard not to be anxious and impatient when we want her to get here so badly! Her momma and daddy are so ready to meet her...and at 41 weeks and 2 days, you can imagine how Lauren's body is aching to give birth. Oh, we want that baby!
I sat on my couch yesterday morning, Bible open and coffee in hand. It's the place I go when I'm waiting.
Please, God. Bring Ivy into this world soon. Let her be healthy and strong. Make her perfect and beautiful and wonderful. Bring her now. Please.
I read the last few chapters of the book of Job - the mighty passages in which God speaks out of the whirlwind and reminds Job and his friends that He is the creator and sustainer of all life. They'd demanded answers of Him and He declined to give any....but instead He asks, "Where were you when I created the universe?" He shows His greatness through examples of nature, and extends mercy to the people who questioned Him.
I don't like to wait. It's hard to trust, the longer it goes.
And yet God, in His infinite wisdom, knows the days and hours of each breath we take. He knows when Ivy will arrive and how many hairs will be on that little round head. He has seen her fingers and toes and bellybutton....He created her and I know I can trust that He will rejoice at her first breath right along with us.
He is here in the waiting. And He is never late.
Are you waiting on something? Maybe a new job, or a new opportunity to arrive. Maybe you're waiting for a husband to make a decision, or a child to be potty-trained. Maybe you're waiting for a conflict to be resolved, or to find out if adoption papers have been approved. It's hard not to be anxious, impatient, questioning.
But God is in your waiting, just as He is in ours as we wait for Ivy.
Today's Small Thing is two-fold:
1. Spend some time in your "waiting place." On your couch, in your bedroom, or at your kitchen table. Perhaps take a walk. Somewhere where you can be still.
2. Commit your situation to the Lord. Rest in Him.
The Bible is filled with scriptures on waiting. It does my heart good to meditate on them.
Psalm 37:7 says, "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him...."
Psalm 27:14 "Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."
Isa. 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...."
When we actively and intentionally meet with Him and surrender to Him, He is able to step in and work...always in His timing and in His way. He is God of the universe and holds all things in the palm of His hand. In light of His greatness, our own situations seem small and simple for Him to handle, don't they?
We can rest in knowing that He is with us...even in the waiting.
40 points for spending intentional time in your waiting place.
Is there something you are praying about? You can share it in the comments here, or drop me an email. I'll be happy to wait with you....and pray for God's timing.