The Problem with Adventures

The problem with adventures is that when they are over, pieces of your heart are left behind. I left a piece of my heart with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I left a piece of my heart with the Billy Graham Library. I left a piece of my heart with each person God brought into my life. 

One thing from this summer that I know will never pass away is the relationships God orchestrated. I am in awe of the incredible gifts God has given me in relationships with interns, car moms, host families, leadership and mentors. I can’t wait until God brings us back together, wherever that might be.

All I have is wonder. Wonder that the summer is almost over, wonder that I had to say goodbye, wonder at the sufficiency of God, wonder that God would give me the privilege of being a part of His work and wonder that I get to continue to be a part, even as I come home.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21

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The Work of Waiting

 “The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.” ~ Lamentations 3:25-26

No matter what you are waiting for, waiting is hard. We wait for food at restaurants, we wait to be seen at the doctor’s office, we wait to renew our driver’s license at the motor vehicle department, we wait for people we need to see at work, we wait to rest even at home when the day is done. We wait for almost everything.

How do we wait for God’s deliverance?

Somehow, in all the waiting we never stop doing something. At the restaurant, we converse with friends, at the doctor’s office we read magazines, at the motor vehicle department we catch up on emails, at work we look for another project, at home we watch television. When is the last time you remember sitting, staring and thinking for more than 5 minutes without doing ANYTHING? No checking Facebook, no texting, no reading, no anything.

In our spirits, we distract ourselves with life. If we keep ourselves busy with something else, we don’t have to think about the waiting. If we keep our spirits distracted with life, we don’t have to rely on God.

There are things in our relationship with God that can only happen in our waitingIt takes more faith to truly wait than to act. The deepest level of waiting cannot be broken by activity. It is in this deepest waiting that we learn what it is to trust God and begin to love Him for who He is rather than what He does.

So wait. Trust. Be still. Spend some time with God. Get rid of the distractions. Live in the storm without letting the storm live in you. If the writer of Lamentations could wait and hope in the Lord as his entire world was shattered by the Babylonians, then you can do the same.

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