Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{11} Chasing God Together... because you can run while you wait

You have no idea how much I love hearing from you.

I've loved writing in this space since the day I opened it... but never have I loved it as much as this series, when I'm hearing from you in emails and comments.  Your brave and vulnerable words are blessing me and bringing to my knees, teaching me how weak I am to communicate any of God's grace to real women in real lives of joy and sorrow.


Some gifted, anonymous writer left a stunningly beautiful and honest comment yesterday after my plea for advice.  (Advice request still stands!) I've read it a dozen times and think it could be a post of its own. You should go read it.  Actually, you know what? I'm copying parts of it here for you. It's too good to risk you missing it:

Earlier this year I became convicted of my misguided mindset: "Wait until... THEN I'll enjoy life and everything will be great!" I began to see this harmless phrase of anticipation had become a means of withdrawing until things went my way. Numbing everything to stop a specific pain; general anesthesia for an unspecified time.
I'm fighting the battle to stay involved every day. To remain present and alive. Quelling that prideful desire to fold my hands and stare down fate in a "I'm just as stubborn as you," contest.
But staying involved is difficult and feels dangerous. The rawness oozes and stings. I still don't know how to make it beautiful.
Oh I love how she puts this.  And she issues a challenge for this little blog:

I would like to hear more on this, please. On staying present and alive and pursuing beauty and not wasting this precious life even though it feels as though everything is on hold. On patience and pain sitting together peacefully in my heart. 
Now I know why Oprah used to repeat back to people the profound lines they'd just then spoken to her in interviews.  Call me Oprah, because I can't help myself:  "On staying present and alive and pursuing beauty and not wasting this precious life even though it feels as though everything is on hold.  On patience and pain sitting together peacefully in my heart."

Oh my.  This comment alone stirs a half-dozen topics in my heart for us.
Then there were emails. Entire brilliant brainstorming sessions on what God would have us learn next in the wait. (Thank you, Loretta!)

So... buckle up.  You've given me some God-inspired ideas, and we will find God in the wait! My fingers can hardly wait to start typing.

I'm more excited on day 11 than I was at day 1.
God is pursuing us, and will find us in our wait.
We're no longer passive waiters.  
We're running hard, after the God who already holds us...

Are you ready to move?



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Please consider looking through the comments in this series 
and praying for our sisters who wait.

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Waiting? Hurting? 
Have God-glorifying ideas for this series?
Comment or email me.
rachelgoode1@gmail.com
We'd love to pray for you all month.

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Today was Day 11 of
31 Days of Waiting:
Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7     Day 8     Day 9     Day 10     Day 11     Day 12     Day 13     Day 14     Day 15     Day 16     Day 17     Day 18     Day 19     Day 20     Day 21     Day 22     Day 23     Day 24     Day 25     Day 26     Day 27     Day 28     Day 29     Day 30     Day 31

3 comments:

Amber V. said...

I read your post yesterday & wished that I could find the right words to share my thoughts on what I needed in the difficult & life changing time of waiting we're in right now. But the comment from one of your readers that you shared today struck me in such a deep way because she put into words so eloquently a very real part of my own struggle in waiting. This echos my own journey & cuts right to the heart of it:

"But staying involved is difficult and feels dangerous. The rawness oozes and stings. I still don't know how to make it beautiful.

I would like to hear more on this, please. On staying present and alive and pursuing beauty and not wasting this precious life even though it feels as though everything is on hold. On patience and pain sitting together peacefully in my heart."

Yes please! I am eager to see what is stirring & coming as we move forward together on this journey. Thank you for sharing & working to help us glorify the Lord in our waiting.

Amber V. said...

p.s. I just read through the whole series thus far & through all the comments. So many difficult journeys, so much pain & so many opportunities for the Lord to blow us away with His nearness as we seek to dig deeper into Him! I will be praying for my fellow "waiters" & wanted you to know what a blessing it was to read your interaction & affirmations sprinkled through the comments! I shared my journey a few days back on day 2 & I was wondering if I could please be added to your prayer list? Always thankful for an outlet of prayer for our family. Blessings to you & your beautiful family!

RACHEL said...

Hi Amber,
Yes! You are already on your list! I'm praying for you... for the chronic pain you're going through... for the frustration and the wait for diagnoses and relief... for your three sweet children and husband who so badly want you to be well. I actually thought of you the other day when visiting another blog. The Desiring God website had a post specifically about chronic pain. It might encourage you:

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/hope-for
chronic-suffering

I will keep praying for you. God is not going to let these trials go to waste. They will be used for beauty of far greater worth than whatever they've robbed from you so far. He will give you more of HIM in all of this.