“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.” ― Elisabeth Elliot
Waiting sunlight weakens colour fades as mists descend December's here wrapping us in thick fogginess hunker down, it's nearly Christmas days slide by in a rush toward the night our souls moan and sigh darkness outside increases the onward march is ceaseless we become hungry for hope, for warmth, for light a safe place to abide while our souls grow accustomed to the season we are in clothed with silhouettes the trees stand sentinel-bare like bereft soldiers guarding the fort of their thoughts waiting for spring's reward maybe you and I can keep the vigil with them our hearts tuned to spring as wintry winds whistle hard let's remain patient and calm © joylenton
“This is the most precious answer God can give us: wait. It makes us cling to him rather than to an outcome. God knows what I need; I do not. He sees the future; I cannot. His perspective is eternal; mine is not. He will give me what is best for me when it is best for me.” ― Vaneetha Rendall Risner, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering
Friends, you’ve been waiting several weeks to see when I might return to writing in this space. Thank you for your patience! I’m so glad to be back. We seem to spend much of our lives waiting for this and that, don’t we? The season of Advent highlights how to wait with intention, with purpose, with hope and expectation in our hearts.
May we begin it with such anticipation. And may we aim to listen harder for God’s soft footsteps in our hearts. He longs to draw near to us and whisper His wisdom to our receptive souls but so often we become weary in the waiting and slow to respond. Let’s ask God to increase our ability to stay, to be open, to wait, and to receive. Because Jesus, our Light-bringer is well worth waiting for.