Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

Where Will You Wait (And Giveaway!)

I’m antsy sometimes. Ready to jump the gun. Hungry for results.

And it’s so hard waiting, isn’t it?

Sometimes it feels like all we do is wait.

Waiting for a clue, a sign. Waiting for the next door to open. Waiting to see where a path might lead to. Waiting for circumstances to change, end, resolve, disappear.

And if you’ve read the blog recently, waiting to give away a few gifts to a couple of readers. May 4th isn’t coming fast enough!

He Is the Anchor!

Beckoned By the King by Jeannie Pallet

There’s just a lot of waiting.

Waiting for the weather to warm up. Waiting in the checkout lines. Waiting to get filled up, get fed up, and get freed up. Waiting around the, what else, the waiting room.

Sometimes it can feel like life is one big waiting room.

“All of our operators are busy at the moment, please stay on the line and wait until one becomes available.”

Gaaah.

Might be funny if it wasn’t so true.

And don’t get me started on the questions that run through my brain, and can spill out of my mouth before you can say ‘boy howdy’.

When will this start? When will this end? How long will this take? Why isn’t it taking longer? Why is it taking too long? How long can I do this for? How much longer will I feel this way? What’s going on? And why?

I think sometimes I might have stomped my foot, or um, pouted, or (cringe here) done something closely resembling the weeping and gnashing of teeth in biblical proportions… maybe. When the wait is what I feel as taking too long

Funny how easily a wait can take me from mature adult to whiny, impatient, short-sighted juvenile. There was a day when I would totally dwell there. And only there.

Here’s what I started to learn.

God is not found there in that kind of frantic and frenetic waiting. He is not a frantic or frenetic God.

Where do we find God in the middle of the waiting?

He’s there in the peace available. Available through Him. He’s there in the choice to rest. Rest in Him. He’s there in the weaving together of the bigger plan of the Jeremiah promise.  Stand on His promise. He’s found in the ‘for now’ provision. Provision in Him. That’s where we find Him while we’re experiencing the next great wait.

And here’s the thing.

While we’re waiting, we seek Him and not the outcome.

Picture that sentence as a massive neon sign, urgently flashing that one simple statement.

Absorb it. Because it’s the answer to the question, “Where will you wait?” the next time you reach what seems like a dead-end.

Nothing is wasted time for God. He has a purpose being shaped in the waiting. Why wouldn’t we chose to wait there, in Him, seeking Him and not the outcome.

He is the God of outcomes. So we live way more abundantly, even in the waiting, when eyes and hearts center on Him.

When you read in the scripture or hear someone talking about waiting on the Lord, it’s because of this. He’s purposing and shaping while we’re hands off. The Creator of the universe manipulating and moulding our immediate universe and our future in tandem. Doesn’t that blow you away?

Do you know how long this took me to understand?

Years. A whole decade. When it came to waiting on Him, He was determined to take me back to school.

In a bizarre and truthful sense of irony, I think He’s still waiting for me to get it better than I do.

The wait becomes a means of preparation. A soul and heart and attitude readying.  There are gifts waiting… in the waiting.

Isaiah 30:18   Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.

Lamentations 3:25   The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

So much goodness in the holy waiting! No need for pouting, whining, fidgeting, doubting.

Will you wait in the unknown? Or will you wait on the One who knows you better than you know yourself?

Where will you wait?

{This post is so grateful to be able to link up with Holley Gerth and the #CoffeeForYourHeart Linkup! Come on by and dig into some great posts!}


You know what today is right? Right?

It’s contest day!!! Today and for the next four days after, you can enter to have a chance to win one of two gifts I’ve decided to give to two randomly chosen readers in honor of the blog’s first blogiversary!

Yesterday we covered that I’m giving away a signed copy of Beckoned By the King by Jeannie Pallett, and then a beautiful Anchor Pendant Necklace by Aimee Eisaman.

So what’s the final gift in the draw being paired up with the necklace?

I’m giving away a copy of one of the best-selling books of the year so far…. Margaret Feinberg’s “Fight Back With Joy”!

Fight Back With Joy BOOK

I know! “Get out of the city, people!” This is TOO good.
Do you hear the drums and cannons right now too??? Isn’t it awesome! Cue the music, Maestro!

Too exciting for me, I can’t hardly stand it. (Commences with jumping on the couch in pure joy.)

Blogiversary Giveaway! join us!

So here we go. There will be two draws. The first will be Margaret’s book and the Anchor Pendant. The second will be a signed copy of Beckoned By The King. You have several ways to add your name to the draw below. Just follow the prompts and your name will go into the draw to win one of the two gifts. From my heart to yours. My thank you for reading along each week and being such a vital part of the  first year!


 

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13 Comments

  1. We sometimes hurry up to go nowhere We have so much on our plate we do not have time to slow down and yes we wait in line for most things which is annoying Sometimes it is difficult to achieve but instead of getting 5 things done in a single day maybe only 3 I hate to be rushed

    • Christine Duncan

      April 29, 2015 at 11:20 AM

      That’s so true, James, about rushing to get nowhere… “hurry up and wait!” lol. We just have to decide to do the waiting in His presence, for it changes everything!
      So very glad to hear from you again my friend! 🙂

  2. THIS I LOVE: While we’re waiting, we seek Him and not the outcome. It just spoke right to my heart… and I have to admit the “weeping and gnashing” of teeth is very much my M.O. sometimes! Lovely post! I’m so glad I popped over from Holley’s! Pleased to meet you Christine!

    • Christine Duncan

      April 29, 2015 at 11:19 AM

      Thanks Heather! I’m so glad to meet you! So glad I’m not the only one with that particular M.O, lol.
      He makes waiting something beautiful, doesn’t He?

  3. Sometimes waiting can be so hard, but your post is encouraging. You remind us that God is still there even in the waiting. Even though He may seem silent He is working behind the scenes, so to speak. He is worthy of our trust and how much better to trust while we wait rather than to worry. 🙂 Blessings to you!

    • Christine Duncan

      April 29, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      Because we can’t see the things being done in the heavenlies on our behalf, it’s so easy to forget that He is at work… I love scriptures that remind me of His faithfulness for this very reason.
      Worthy of our trust, that’s the perfect statement, Gayl, love it! Hugs and blessings, my friend!

  4. Abby Breuklander

    April 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    I think you wrote today’s post specifically for me again…..so yep we’re definitely twins!! I think this has been one of my favorites of all the posts I’ve read so far!!! 🙂

    • Christine Duncan

      April 29, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      Your comments always make me smile, Abby, and I can’t wait for the day I can get you to guest post here on the blog… our thoughts seem to travel the same paths, lol. I can’t believe how encouraged I am cause of readers like yourself!!! xxoo

      • Abby Breuklander

        April 29, 2015 at 6:57 PM

        Well……to be honest I’ve been working on a few things…..not quite where I want them yet, but I’ll let you know! 🙂

  5. I love this! One, because I can so relate to all the ‘waiting times’ and my responses to those ‘waiting times’ and two, because I can so relate to God’s desire for me to pursue Him in the waiting. So glad I stopped by from Holley’s to visit. And so blessed to leave with such encouragement! 🙂

    • Christine Duncan

      April 29, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Love that you came by to visit, Jamie! Thanks! That really is His desire… pursue Him in the waiting. that’s our wonderful news for each day and moment 🙂

  6. Well, I have enjoyed a lot! Specially when it comes to healing from depression. Also, focusing on God for healing! Thanks for always encouraging me always with your words!

    W/Love,
    Tayrina from TGAWrites

    • Christine Duncan

      April 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      Tayrina, I’m so enjoying getting to know you and your own blog. Thank you so much for all your encouragement! His healing goes beyond anything else we will ever experience, amen? Much love, sweet friend!

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