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In the Waiting…

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:


  1. First, I have to say- I noticed the new layout/design- cool πŸ™‚

    Second- yep. This definitely resonates with me- you knew that. We need to get together though and catch up in depth! I didn’t know you were feeling the missionary pull! I totally had those same feelings not long ago- the anticipation of something coming. We must talk! We have a lot of updates, too! Throw some dates at me and let’s make it happen πŸ™‚

    Third- I think I need you to guest blog on our family blog- you write much better than I do… I just sound like a whiny brat… :/ Your writing is full of grace and insight… and is pleasant to read.

    Fourth- we miss you guys. A lot. Read the last few lines of point #2. πŸ™‚

    • also- that was a lot of smiley faces. πŸ™‚ One more for good measure.

    • I will send you some dates. We like hanging out with you, too! πŸ™‚

      Well, I’m not sure I was feeling the missionary pull as much as I was *hoping* to feel the missionary pull. I know our friends in Europe would welcome us to the field if God called us there, but He hasn’t called us there. And that’s ok.

      You do NOT sound like a whiny brat. I like reading your blog. You have good insights…I never thought about the snails getting to the ark before! Love it! Keep up the good work. I mean it. πŸ™‚ (If you really want a guest post, I’ll do it, though I’ve never done it before and you have to tell me what subject matter you’re looking for!)

  2. Praying for you today! I am in the middle of teaching a unit in a Bible class that includes this very story about the Israelites waiting on God. For some reason, it has resonatated with me in a new way as I have worked through it, and maybe it is so that I will remember to pray for YOU as you go through this time. I commit to pray for you and yours. Your encouragement through the years of coming to our conferences has been amazing. We love you guys. Hugs to all of you!

    • Cheryl, I smile just thinking about you! You are a delightful person, and I’m thankful that God has allowed us to become friends as well as sisters in Christ. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your prayers and encouragement! We love you, too!

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