Monday, November 19, 2012

Encouragement


Waiting is hard.
No one expects it to be easy, but as the waiting stretches out, the mind games begin.
The hopefulness begins to wane.
The discouragement begins to grow.
The last few weeks have been just that kind of time. There is occasionally the thought of
"It could never happen."
"This might be a lot longer wait then I can even imagine."
So a couple of weeks ago found me almost praying (does anyone else do that?) for encouragement.
I complained to a few friends. I mentioned to my husband that I was fighting discouragement.
I whined to God.
And then a friend placed a box of tea and a bar of chocolate on my front steps with an encouraging verse.
And another friend gave me a purse (it's surprising how encouraging a purse can be!) just for teaching her daughter some ballet.
And someone who has walked this road before me sent me an email:


"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.
For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; 
you shall weep no more. 
He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. 
As soon as he hears it, he answers you. 
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, 
yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, 
but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 
"This is the way, walk in it," 
when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left."
(Isaiah 30:18-21 ESV)

And then I smile because he heard. 
He knew the cry of my heart
even when I was too immature to utter it.

So whatever you wait for, whether it be a home or a husband or a child or 
(let's be honest; this is what our hearts really long for)
heaven,
may you know and then be reminded when your forget,
that
this is the way
and 
blessed are all those who wait for him.




1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I want to be an encourager...and to share God's love with people! I am thankful for people who encourage others!

    Love, Linda

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