Thursday, July 23, 2009

I Will Serve You While I'm Waiting...

A pretty new song by John Waller has been a theme song for our family these last few months. A part of it it goes like this:

I’m waiting. I’m waiting on you Lord and I am peaceful.

I’m waiting on you Lord, though it’s not easy

But faithfully, I will wait. Yes I will wait.

I will serve You while I’m waiting; I will worship while I’m waiting.

When June 30 passed, so did our window of opportunity to travel overseas next year with the Department of Defense. They can still hire through August but for us, we need to know earlier to make plans for our house, Andy’s leave of absence from LHS, pack, etc. So we wait. The beginning of this story is here.

So is it disappointing? Not to me. There is a relief in knowing where we will be for the next year and being able to make plans accordingly. There is no question to us whether the Lord has laid these plans upon our hearts so I am at peace that it will happen in His time. I’m even a little bit excited to find out what plans He has for us here that He wanted us to stay (at least) another year!

We have to acknowledge that there haven't been many times in our adult lives where we've had a desire for something and had to wait for it. At least not something that we believed was worthy and of the Lord. At one point, we were ready for a second child and we had to wait 5 months for that to happen. That seemed like forever but I knew even then that God has a purpose to His timing. I've learned that so many times in my life. In some of those cases, the hurting or sadness of having to wait was still there but numbed by a knowledge both in my heart and head that God is Sovereign. So, this exercise of waiting another year is nothing but good for us and as we look ahead to this coming year I know these words will continue to be in my head...

"I will serve you while I'm waiting, I will worship while I'm waiting..."

And just because I find it difficult to post without a picture:

I took this in Cosby, TN while on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was looking back into the old growth forest where some of the trees are hundreds of years old. I guess that is a lesson in waiting.

1 comment:

Stace said...

So sorry things didn't work out for overseas this year. God's timing. I think you have a great plan though! Excited to see what God does in your family this next year!