Monday, December 19, 2011

Waiting on the Lord...

This past week, our pastor taught from Luke 2:25-35, the story of Simeon.  This man waited his entire life for the arrival of the baby, Jesus.  God had promised Simeon that he would live to see the newborn King.  Faithfully, this man went to the temple everyday, trusting that he would live to see the Savior of the world.  And, he did!  God was faithful to Simeon and upheld His promise.  In only 10 short verses, the Bible packs a lifelong sermon.  What are you waiting on?

I have dear friends who waited on the Lord for years to bless them with children.  Now, both of those sweet friends are expecting their first babies.  They waited on the Lord.  They sought after Him in prayer, they were active in learning about the different options to help make this come to pass, and they trusted that He would provide.  And, He did!  I cannot wait to meet these precious miracles and products of waiting on the Lord!

Now, I am in a waiting pattern.  I am continually working on my education, in hopes that one day, God will use the degrees I earn for His glory.  I don't know what the future holds for me.  Will I continue to homeschool?  Will I find work in a school?  Will I be given the opportunity to work with children who need extra attention?  What does God want to do with me?  I'm waiting on His direction.  I have a year until I have my Master's degree.  I am actively pursuing my education, and I am trusting in Him to guide me with what to do with it.

We recently joined a wonderful church.  There are ministries aplenty where I could use my talents and gifts for God.  In the next month, the church will be starting services on another campus that needs volunteers.  I am waiting for the Lord to show me where He wants me and my family to serve.  I am waiting on Him to show me how I can bring others to His kingdom.  I am waiting on the Lord to see if we should stay where we are, or if we need to relocate.  I know He has a plan for me, and I waiting on a word from Him that will guide me to where I can best serve Him.

I am waiting on the Lord for reconciliation.  There are relationships in my life that have crumbled.  There are those that needed to change.  There are those that needed to cease.  But, there is one that is such a burden on my heart.  I have prayed continuously over this relationship, but there has been no burning bush, so to speak.  I have used all of my efforts to restore this broken road.  I am waiting on the Lord to show me what to do next.  This relationship is one I value and treasure...giving up is not an option.  I am waiting for the Lord to reveal to me what else I can do...do I pack up my car and confront this person head-on?  Do I sit back and wait for this person to get back in contact with me?  The issue of reconciliation has been the hardest for me.  Yet, I am encouraged by Simeon...waiting to see the birth of Jesus!  What a testimony!  What an encouragement!

            Waiting on the Lord to complete this picture...