Sunday, October 02, 2005

Patience and Trust

That is what God is speaking to me about today.

Sometimes when I consider our future, especially where and how we fit in the body of Christ, I get impatient wondering what the future looks like.

Today I was remembering the many young people we've known who were anxious about finding their future mate. Who would it be? When would it be?

Of course our counsel to these young people was to trust God and to wait with patience for the person He had for them.

I realize that I've been thinking of our future with that same kind of urgency, impatience, and lack of trust.

I think I will relax, chill out, and enjoy the journey. I trust that my future is in good hands.

I've said before that attending the church we're at now feels like dating someone you know you aren't planning to marry - pretty casual and lacking commitment to a future, our fault not theirs.

(My husband said it's more like dating your first cousin at the family picnic. Hmmm.)

I will continue to dream, envision, and imagine, but I will also wait patiently.

"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." Romans 8:25


Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...

As you relax in the journey, also fearlessly embrace the moment, the now.

At the risk of coming off... odd, I really want to share something with you: you strike me as a truly holy person. Not just a morally pure person, but a person engaged in the sacred. Your posts have been pastoral for me, for which I am deeply grateful.


Lorna said...

ooh I enjoyed that comparison :)

blessing you on your journey to the heart of God

Bar Bar A said...

Very good analogy, I think most of us can capture what you are feeling when you describe it that way. Wise choice to relax and enjoy the journey but at the same time to keep the dreams alive.

grace said...

Thank you so much for what you said. It really meant a lot to me. Seriously.

Lorna and well woman, it's been nice meeting and sharing the journey with the people like you that I have met here.

Lorna said...

I've been mulling this post over and over in my mind - what you wrote about dating someone without intending to marry them. Somehow , somewhere deep within that struck a chord.

I wonder if the root is that we are dating Jesus for fun, and not betrothed to him.

I heard a teaching recently on what it meant to the Jews to be betrothed. the bride (the church) to be committed to waiting until the groom (Jesus) came back - having prepared a room / home for her (us) in the Father's house.

mmm have to medidate on this one a bit more. but thank you again grace for challenging me in a good, good, way.

Ben said...

I have family members in a similar situation, so I know how weird it can be. God's grace to you as you wait it out.

On a less serious note, your husband's comment reminded me of one of my favorite TV shows (Arrested Development), where one of the plot devices is a teenager who has a crush on his cousin, which makes for some hilarious situations. That's kind of random, I know, but it appears your husband and I share a strange sense of humor.

grace said...

good thoughts Lorna.

Ben, I enjoyed your comment. Yes, a very strange sense of humor. :)