I am so very excited to bring you the excerpt Wait Daughter from the devotional Be Still: Leaning into God When Everything Falls Apart. A 30 day devotional written by women for women. Our prayer is that even in the struggle, we can find rest in Him. Regardless of our circumstances, we can lean into the One who loves us for He is good.
Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens.
Truthfully, I’ve never been the best at waiting. I’m a passionate person and a doer. So when I want something, I typically want it with my whole heart. And when I need something, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and do whatever is needed to get the job done. Long, methodical pondering has never been my first approach. Quick, educated decisions with action plans are more my style.
About a year ago, I had some health concerns that involved what seemed like nothing more than waiting. Waiting on this appointment and then another. Waiting on test results. And then more tests. Trying this medication and exploring that option. It was process of elimination instead of clear diagnosis and treatment plan.
Ruth had been waiting for her redeemer for some time now. She had been faithful to Naomi. Chose her land. Her people. Her God. She had done all the things. She was a passionate doer, and yet she waited quietly. Ruth had to wait for just the right time and place to approach Boaz. She was then kindly told by Boaz to wait as he found out if another wanted to be her guardian redeemer. Another? After all this? She was waiting to see if Boaz, a man she knew to be honest, loyal, generous, and hardworking would be her husband. Or another. One she’d never met. One she had no idea of his character or intentions. And then, Naomi, again tells her to wait. Wait for her redemption. Wait upon the Lord.
When I was looking up synonyms for the word wait, I saw abide. When I typically think of abiding in Him, I envision the first meaning: dwell, remain, live. But it also means to wait for and to endure. He’s calling us to wait, daughter. I am here. Your redeemer lives. Abide in me.
In what ways have you seen God in the waiting?
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Sarah Westfall says
love this, Jody. I’m so so glad to share the pages of that devotional with you.
Thank you, friend! I am so glad to share the pages with you as well. I cannot wait to see just how God shows up through this devotional.
Carissa Nelson says
Love this! I’m also terrible at waiting—I like the term “passionate doer” this was a great reminder!
Such a passionate doer over here!! Thank you!! So glad you could relate!!
Loved this. Especially the dual meaning of abide. Can’t wait to read the whole thing!
I’m so glad it spoke to you! Thank you! God bless!