I think of the Israelites, camped at the foot of Mt Sinai for 11 months, after their journey from Egypt.
Those 11 months were full of important events: hearing from YHWH Himself, receiving the 10 Commandments, experiencing consequences for rebellion (remember the Golden Calf debacle?), building the tabernacle, consecrating the priests and Levites, etc, etc.
But all of these important events were just preparation for the life God had for them in a better place, the Promised Land.
The anticipation of knowing something better was coming…the agony of waiting…the quiet doubts…the everyday tasks that can become mundane when our focus isn’t on God…
It resonates with me in this season of life.
At the beginning of this year at BSF, as we studied Moses’ willingness to do whatever God asked, I felt an anticipation of something coming. I affirmed my commitment to doing what God asks of me, going where He pleases.
It was exciting, knowing that His plans are better than ours. And I just had to be willing and watchful.
Honestly? I thought maybe He would call us into full-time missions. We’ve enjoyed three trips overseas to encourage some very dear missionary friends. Would He ask us to join them in Eastern Europe?
He hasn’t. Not at this point, anyway.
I am still in the waiting. I am still sitting at the foot of Mt Sinai, knowing something good is coming. Trusting that HE has better plans than US.
And the waiting is hard, unless we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. The one who created us, loves us, died for us, and has good plans for us.
In this season of waiting, this is my anthem: