Hurry up and wait. That’s what’s happening in our household right now. Bags are packed (as good as they can be), just waiting on the call from Katy that Charlotte is coming (our first grand baby). Nothing is happening yet. Charlotte is due to arrive one week from today, but we know God is in total control of her actual arrival. So what do we do? Hurry up and wait.
That’s okay though. It’s exciting and such a blessing. Some of you are in a “hurry up and wait” mode on hearing back from the doctor to see if you have cancer. That’s excruciatingly gut-wrenching. Some of you are in a “hurry up and wait” mode to see what’s going to happen at work (to see if you still have a job). Some of you are enduring health problems, marital problems, financial problems, children problems and it seems all you can do is “hurry up and wait.”
It’s okay. God has you. If you are His child, you can rest in His timing. Remember Lazarus? It seemed Jesus was four days late. Nope! He was right on time to perform a miracle and give His Father the glory. So, we hurry up and wait. We trust the Lord’s timing, even in our suffering. We know that He will sustain and His grace is sufficient (better word is: “ample”). So, let not your heart be troubled. Trust in your Heavenly Father. He will deliver you. He is your rock and fortress. He is your strong tower. He will provide for you. He loves you so much He died for you.
By the way, you know that God is in a “hurry up and wait” mode. He could send Jesus back right now. But, He’s waiting. He’s waiting because He is long-suffering and patient and extends more time to this season of grace so that people might be saved outside of the backdrop of His wrath (The Tribulation). So, praise His name that He’s willing to hurry up and wait too.
So, while you wait…pray. Pray and read His Word. There is something powerful in those two acts (Word and prayer). But, if you are to the point in your life that you can’t do either one of those, then it’s okay to cry. It’s okay to allow those hot balls of ache and pain to come from your tear ducts and burn your cheeks. Just cry. Cry out to God like David and say, “How long O’ Lord!” He can handle it. He has been there. And after your cry. Sleep. Rest. And when the morning comes…you’ll see that His mercies (which are new every day) will come with the dawn. It’s going to be okay. You’re going to be alright.
See this player…
That’s my niece Leah Church. I’ve told you about her before. She’s a dead-eye shooter. She plays for the Carolina Cougars Homeschool team out of Winston-Salem. They are crushing teams right now. Leah is 16, but plays like she’s a college sophomore. She’s averaging around 25-points per game.
I went to watch her and her team play last Friday night. They played Forsyth Country Day School and they obliterated them. That’s Leah passing the ball below…
I thought before the game started (during warm-ups) that FCD had a shot. Wrong. The Cougars walloped them by almost 40 points! Leah had 30.
I love this time of year because I’m a basketball fan. I always have been and I always will. About every other week I dream of playing basketball. Crazy? Maybe. But’s it’s the truth. I love the feel of a basketball in my hands. I love the way it feels when I shoot it and it strips the net. Crazy, I know! But, it’s in my blood and it’s in Leah’s. I see it.
What’s in your blood? Maybe it’s music or singing or playing an instrument? Maybe it’s dancing or cooking or building or hunting? Isn’t it cool how God gives us these wonderful things to fill our lives with joy?
Here’s another joy…
This was the “Festival of Tables” at church Saturday night. We had close to 200 ladies come and be involved in a wonderful time of fellowship and inspiration. Us fellas got to prepare the food and “wait” on our wives and daughters…
These three guys really did a yeoman’s job.
That’s Kevin Bounds in the red shirt. He prepared the meal. Grilled chicken, asparagus, twice-baked potatoes, salad, roll and cheesecake for dessert (see them preparing those above). Awesome! On the left is Claude Sturgill. They don’t come any better than Claude. You talk about a servant of the Lord and a “worker!” Wow! And in the middle is Steve Walter. He’s another “salt of the earth” servant.
We all had a blast! And let me tell you something. Next year, we are bringing in IV’s. For what? For those ladies. They drank over 400 cups of coffee (decaf). They must be camels. So, next year… IV bags of coffee at each table. 🙂
How are you enjoying the cold weather? I told you it was going to be a rough winter. It will warm back up some by the weekend and particularly into early next week, but it’ll cool back down to seasonal temps by Thanksgiving and beyond. I still believe we’ll have snow on the ground in Western NC (the foothills and Piedmont) before Christmas. The pattern is hinting at that already.
Speaking of snow… Christmas music is starting to crank up on the radio stations and I heard this one over the weekend. Do you know it?
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!When we finally kiss good night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warmThe fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Here’s something that will make you smile. It’s about 5 minutes and it will warm your heart. It’s a former NFL football player who chucked it all to be a farmer. See the simplicity of his life now and what he plans to do with the food he’s raising…