Wait and See

My mom and I were on the phone yesterday and she told me that while at my house earlier in the day, she read my journal. It was the first journal I had written from back in 1990/91. I started writing in it after I graduated early from high school in January of 1990 and wrote in it up until November 1991 before I got my final details for the Navy. At first, I felt a bit taken back by the fact that she read my journal as I had no idea what all I said in it. Once she told me that it helped her to see me and know me better and in a different way, I let go of my apprehension over it. She explained that she didn't really know me back then and got a peek into my heart and soul. She didn't know that I loved Jesus very much even then. She did know I was lost and wandering, but said she was glad to read about my relationships, friends, and my beautiful heart. It's amazing how our perception of others without taking the time to truly know them can create the wrong picture of who they are. Wait and see.

In my journal, I talked about my broken relationship with my mom and how much I just wanted her to love me. I wanted to have a relationship with her and prayed for it over and over again. As I read my own words, I realized that my prayer had been answered. It didn't happen overnight. It took many years. It took many seasons and changes for me and for my mom in our lives before we came together again. It took years once we started over again when I came home from the Navy fifteen years ago. It took her getting sober seven years ago and me wanting to truly seek a relationship with the Lord alongside her. My ex wasn't ready at the time to be involved in a church, but my mom and I were so we sought one out. We found Bay Presbyterian Church and the moment we sat in our first service, we knew it was the place for us. Wait and see.

In Isaiah 43:18-19, God says:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
He is always doing His good work in us and through us. We may not see it or feel it as it is coming to be, but if we wait and see what He has for us, trusting that He has the best in store for each of us, we will see it in due time.  The only good of looking at the past is to see how far you have come and what God has done so you can be reminded that life is a growth process. We cannot always have the things we want when we want them because we're not ready. And, sometimes, it's not just about us. I know, hard to imagine--our life, not about us?! Thing is that we are interdependent beings. If it has to do with other people, you have to wait on them and not just on yourself. The best part is that God promises to be with us throughout this adventure (Joshua 1:9) to give you His peace which will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ (Phil 4:7) and plans that will prosper and not harm you, plans for a hope and a future (Jer 29:11). Wait and see.


  1. It is nearly 2:25 am on the 5th, but I haven't been asleep, so it counts as the 4th. :-) I need to email you, but the short version is the song I've been singing by NeedtoBreathe all day is "More Time."

    I promised you the world again
    Everything within my hands
    All the riches one could dream
    They will come from me

    I hoped that you could understand
    That this is not what I had planned
    Please don’t worry now
    It will turn around

    Cause I need more time
    Just a few more months and we’ll be fine
    ...So say alright
    Cause I know we can make it if we try
    Cause I need more time
    Just a few more months and we’ll be fine

    We’re off to new lands
    So hold on to my hands
    It’s gonna be alright
    It’s a whole lot brighter
    So stand by the fire
    It’s gonna be alright
    Yeah, the road gets harder
    But it’s not much farther
    It’s gonna be alright
    You know that it ain’t easy
    Please believe me
    It’s gonna be alright

    Please don’t worry now
    It will turn around...

    And the verses He's given me are the three you listed.

    Yep, my friend, we are doing something new, and remember, the thing about new is it is something we've never done before, so trying to figure it out won't work. Looking back to get an idea of what it might be, won't work. The only thing that works is looking forward, taking the next step, and letting it unfold without trying to make it into something we think words or can understand.

    What a wildly fascinating way to live. :-)

  2. It is wildly fascinating. I love that He talks to you through music like he does with me. This morning, he whispered these two things to me, "You belong to me," and "I get a little bit stronger, a little bit stronger"...and it's true, each day I am a little stronger and that is because I belong to Him!


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