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…
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Today was Day 11 of
31 Days of Waiting:
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