I think I’m going to write a book. The first edition will be in English but with a Spanish title: La Vida de Espera (The Life of Waiting). Sometimes it seems as if life is full of waiting: waiting for the weekend to come, for dinner to be ready, for a job promotion, for an answer to prayer, for the next stage of life (college, marriage, etc.), for a dream to be fulfilled, for your loved one to find Christ. La vida de espera.
It is easy to do ONLY that, to wait. But God calls us to act, even then. God’s will is that we “should be sanctified. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7). It is true that God has a plan and purpose for each of his beloved children (Ephesians 2:10), and every day we discover more of what this is/will be. But we need to desire Him most, to seek his face, to become more like Him so that others may be attracted to/pointed toward this Light of the Father (Matthew 5:16). 1 Peter 1:13-15 says,
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;
set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus
Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the
evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as
he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.”
The Word of the Lord guides us; his Spirit convicts and transforms us. He has chosen us (John 15:16); we are set apart. We have all we need, every day, from our Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 62:5-6, 8, says,
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from
Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my
fortress; I will not be shaken…
Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts
to Him, for God is our refuge.”
I have found (and continue to realize) that even in the midst of troubles, confusion, the unknown, and needing to have patience, that God still gives us an abundant life. And as John 10:10 says, the enemy (Satan) is the thief who seeks to destroy/distract/tempt/confuse/hurt us. We need to be aware of this; we need to consistently seek his face, soak up the Scriptures, pray, and be renewed/filled with his Spirit (Psalm 27:8; 1 Peter 5:8-10; Ephesians 6:10-18; Romans 8:1-11).
Life is full of seasons. There is a time for everything; He will make everything beautiful in its time (at the right time) (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Before coming to Ecuador, it was a time of preparation, grieving, of trusting in the Lord in new ways, of growing in faith, of expanding my vision, of…waiting. And now, here I am, sitting at a table looking out into the green jungle and blue sky with white puffy clouds, listening to the chickens, random parrots flying overhead, and the occasional chorus of many insects; waiting.
I have a lot to learn; I am in a new season of waiting. I am finding my place in a NEW place. I am the newbie. Because there is a lot I don’t know, it takes time to learn and for things to be revealed, questions answered. 1 Peter 4 gives us a course to follow. It tells us how Christ didn’t live his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. “We need to be clear minded and self-controlled…to above all, love each other deeply…to use our gifts (talents) to serve others with the strength God provides…to speak the words of God.” There is so much more we CAN do than that which we can’t/or shouldn’t do for the moment.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (Isaiah 40:28-31). Is God silent or are we not listening? Is his voice and his leading being shut out by the “noise” in our lives? He has been faithful and faithful He still will be.
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you Lord,
have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).
“But now, O Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in
you” (Psalm 39:7).
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of
God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
I will praise you forever for what you have done; in
your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will
praise you in the presence of your saints”
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the
purposes of his heart through all generations”
My heart is happy when I spend time in his presence, encouraged by his word. Please pray for me, my team in Huaticocha, Inca Link, and for those we long to reach with God’s love; pray that God’s work will be done, his will carried out. Keep waiting, trusting, and hoping!
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and
wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).