Hey, friends. I’m so happy to share a piece of our story Wait upon the Lord: His timing and grace with you today. One of my favorite things about God is that His grace is sufficient. His strength is made perfect in weakness. I love that. When we are weak; He is stronger.
Wait Upon the Lord: His Timing & Grace
I was in a season of waiting. A time of waiting rooms. Late night waiting on callbacks from our pediatrician. Her fever is up. Again. 105 and rising. This was the rhythm of our daughter’s first year of life. A hospital stay for IV antibiotics followed by numerous visits to the ER. A week of an unexplainable virus with dangerously high temps. Followed by a week for us all to recoup. Next, a week of normalcy, only to start the cycle all over again the following week. Doctors visits were the norm.
Emry had become used to being poked and prodded. She had become timid and afraid. She cried when people got too close. I became overcome by fear of germs. I lived in a constant state of worry and was constantly waiting for that next virus. That next temp. That next unexplainable issue. We were exhausted. We felt frail.
And then one day, I cried to my mom. I knew this wasn’t who she was meant to be. Who we were meant to be: timid shells of our former selves. I felt as though her true personality was being squashed by needles, catheters, and sterile hospitals. I felt as though we were being crushed by fear.
Cry Out to Jesus
I cried out to Jesus. God, if this is who she really is, then fine. She is mine. Beautiful. And loved. But if this isn’t her true self. If this shy child is a product of fear and illness, then come Lord. Come. We are waiting for you. We are ready for you to move in us. To remind us of who we are in Christ. To help us to be bold. Come. Remind us that you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of sound mind [2 Timothy 1:7]. Help us to be courageous. Help us to take refuge in you and not hide in fear.
And He came. In His time. And she is spunky and whole, and just the person I thought I saw before all the sickness. And she is healed in so many ways. Praise Jesus.
And so this isn’t a story of how to wait well. We really didn’t wait all that gracefully upon the Lord. Instead, all too often, I felt frantic and afraid. But rather it’s a story of His redeeming grace regardless of our shortcomings. His power. His faithfulness. His timing. His strength in our weakness. And although it didn’t feel all that beautiful then. It is one of my most beautiful stories now. Because just as He promises, He made beauty from ashes [Isaiah 61:1-3].
In what areas of your life are you in a season of waiting? What does that look like? Furthermore, what promises can you hold fast to?
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