Last night, I stood with friends in a crowded auditorium for the Kari Jobe concert. You could hear the heart of God pulse His Presence into the room on tempo with the praises of His people.
God’s cadence last night felt perfect.
Yet, I couldn’t stop thinking of you. Those of you who have commented and emailed. Who are waiting. Whose life rhythms are stuck in a perpetual downbeat. Whose emotional hearts twitch in violent arrhythmia.
So I leaned over to my friend Cameron, and over the loud beating of a drum, we chatted about how universal this experience of painful waiting is. At some point, we all find our feet dragging through sludge, while the masses seem to march forward in time.
Mid-concert, I glanced at my phone and saw an email from “Amy.” Amy told me about all she’s waiting for. She also said this:
“…just your initial post made me realize how un-alone I am in my waiting. Sometimes it feels like everyone else’s life is so together and then there’s little ol’ me, still waiting. It’s a relief to be wrong sometimes :)”
We are not alone. So I closed my eyes and let my scratchy, pitiful singing voice be strengthened by body of Christ belting out communal praise around me. I lifted my hands and my prayers for everyone reading these words and hurting. And I prayed for God to enable the body of Christ to carry forward the melody of praise for those whose voices are stuck in the ache.
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Wouldn’t you know it? Just then, little Kari Jobe started to pray for those who are waiting. I got chills.
She said we’re all waiting on something.
And she thanked God for the pain that reminds her to stay on her face.
And the whole room was praying and nodding and I could only smile as I prayed for all of you.
Sweet Jesus, He was ripping down the isolation and the lie that we’re the only ones tempted to doubt God’s tempo for our lives.
You are not alone in your wait.
You are not the only one tempted to doubt God’s faithfulness.
He has not forgotten you.
And I pray the body of Christ would not forget you, either.
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