Monday, June 13, 2011

COUNTDOWN FROM HOUSTON... 10...9...8...

8 more days.... In just over a week we'll find ourselves "waiting" at the gate... waiting for the plane... I hear eight and I think wait.  Ted, you should be impressed, okay maybe not! (For those of you who don't know, Ted is a friend who writes poetry!   You ought to check out his blog: http://jtvink.blogspot.com/ )

Anyway, back to my thought!  I hate to wait and I still have 8 days!  I've been reflecting on waiting!  A couple of years ago during advent our church thought about what it means to wait.  Waiting seems to us to be SO passive.  We feel so helpless when we wait, right?  Yet the reality is in waiting there is a profound view of the future.  There is hope.  Ted and Sarah are "waiting" for the arrival of their little one. Sarah is pregnant.  I'm sure there are days when the wait seem unbearable, but still they wait... is it passive? If you talk with Sarah you'll soon discover how very active waiting can be.  There is SO much to do.  I would suggest in some ways that waiting is a spiritual discipline. (that I need to learn) What do I mean?  It's something we can do, which puts us in a place where God can move and act in my life.

That reminds me of a passage I've been reflecting on in these days.  It's found in John 15.  Just listen to these words:

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:4-5

That word remain is elsewhere translated abide.  It carries the idea of staying in one place, waiting.  It's a call to lean into Jesus, to put our lives, our very selves in HIS hands.  Like I said, I hate to wait... but I'm learning how much I need to be grounded in Jesus.  HE is my life.  HE is my source, apart from Him I can do nothing!

Exhale... Inhale... I'm going to abide in Him.  I'm going to wait on HIM.  I am!  Really!  Okay... will you pray for me in this? And I'll pray for you to do the same!

2 comments:

  1. Last night we had another birthing class and we learned another technique to use while "waiting", in the midst of contractions. Perhaps this won't resonate with anyone else but...
    The technique we learned is called "non-focused awareness" and in this you notice the things that are going on around you - what you hear, see, touch & so on. So often in the midst of waiting & pain we lose sight of what is going on around us. We want to jump to the end result without going through the "waiting" time. This was a good lesson for me, in the midst of the waiting, be present & appreciate all that is happening in the midst of it all.

    So... I'm trying to be present in these last few weeks of "waiting" and it's good to know that I'm not alone.

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  2. That is really cool! Oh that we would take note of what God is doing instead of what we're waiting for Him to do. I wonder how much we miss?

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