Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pick the day.

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   I've mentioned before that I'm finding myself in a serious season of waiting lately (here, here, and here). Its not necessarily my favorite, but I don't hate it either. I mean, I want to hate it and be all this is terrible and I hate it and I can't wait for the waiting to be over, curse you waiting! But its just not that bad, honestly. {Be sure to throw that in my face the next time I complain about hating seasons of waiting, mmk?} 
   It just occurred to me this morning, though, that maybe waiting isn't the only thing going on. Maybe now is the perfect time to really truly practice the discipline of being quiet and not living in the busyness and adventures of life. Maybe now is the perfect time to get up really early every morning just to read and pray intentionally and work on my running. Maybe now is the perfect time to treasure the extremely normal parts of life like watering my flowers and keeping my house clean and reading books. I'm not busy chasing a toddler or being challenged and stimulated in my job. Maybe that frees me up to just live and do really plain, but good, things. 
   Over the last few weeks, my dialogue with God has gone something like this- me "I'm still waiting, God." God "Good. Keep doing that." me "So, how long is this going to last? We're almost done here, right?" God "Not quite. Maybe I've got something else for you right now. Hey look, a pretty sunset! Here's a new book for you to read and laugh through. Oh, and here's a good friend to give you a hug. How about a fun new recipe to try?" me "Nice. I see what you did there. But seriously, no more waiting?" God "Ha. No...but aren't these things nice in the meantime?"
   So, I guess these things are nice in the meantime. I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. I also don't want to hear the word waiting ever again. I even annoyed myself at how much I've used it today!


Unknown said...

Katie- just know that you are not alone. I have been praying for patience lately...waiting for God's plan to miraculously make itself known to me. I know that it is hard for us to wait for the future to happen, but what you said today is so right. We often lose sight of the beautiful things that are happening right before our eyes. Beautiful sunrises, good talks with Jesus, and time spent with those we love. Just know you are in my prayers today :)

Amanda said...

I love this post. I have found myself in somewhat of a waiting period too. And instead of complaining I need to learn to be thankful for this time and to not let it go by without learning something. Thanks for the reminder Katie. That even in the waiting, there are other lessons to be learned and moments to be treasured.

Cori @ Everyday Enchanted said...

I'm also going through a season of waiting. I feel as if I grow more impatient every day which is something that I know God is trying to show me. What comforts me is knowing that I will never get this day back again, so I will enjoy all that it entails. Just know you're not alone!

Holly Osbeck said...

Katie, I just love your willingness to listen to the Lord. I mean, how cool is that?! And I love the perspective He's given you to enjoy the present--something that is SO hard for me to do. I definitely needed to hear this today, so thank you for sharing your heart!

Chelsea E. said...

You write so many posts that I don't know how to respond to, or what I want to say. But, I love them! So much deep thought, and I really dig it! :) It always gets me thinking.