Reflections on Christian Living – Been a while

7 Apr

Reflection on Christian Living – Been a while.

I’ve been living in a waiting room for many weeks.    Are there ever circumstances in your life you would like to change?  Things you know God can change.  Concerns you hope He will change; yet it appears on the surface as if nothing is happening.  Ever been there?

Some call it a desert experience.  I don’t call it that because for me, it is more like a closet, or waiting room or hallway experience.  In the hallway you see doors, but none has opened yet.  In the waiting room, you expect to be “called into” or “called back to” the professional person’s private space or examination room, but the wait is hours beyond your assigned appointment.  So you sit.  Or maybe it is the ER or urgent clinic and you didn’t even expect to be there, so you sit.  In the closet, you are simply cut-off from socialization and “normal” routine life.

Desk & Chair

The waiting chair

That is what this last 6 months have been like for me.  I find waiting can be a productive time.  A time to: grow closer to my God; get intimate with Jesus.  A time of increased prayer.  A time of increased Bible study and learning  where and how to apply truths that pop out at me during these times.  Truths it seems that I am unable or unwilling to notice when I’m bustling with life activities, duties, responsibilities, tasks.

Tough times?  You betcha.  Challenging days?  Oh yeah.  Frustrating?  Yes – at times;  I wanted it to end – sooner.    There has been a lot of illness for me and for my loved ones during these last months. There have been many pajama days in these weeks. Walking day-to-day with joy and hope is sometimes a stretch; I have to be honest.  Some solitude, isolation, and some new friendships built slowly, privately, and hopefully steadily.

My take away:  Slowing down, whether voluntarily or involuntarily due to circumstance outside our control is not a bad thing.  It is a good thing.  It helps us to filter out.  It helps purge the unnecessary from life in order to focus on the important.  It removes unnecessary “urgent” tasks from our life.

Response:  Thank you Lord for this waiting time.   I would not have asked for it, but I am grateful that you allowed all these circumstances into my life to prepare me for something wonderful.  Something only You can teach me; something I need now or will need in the future.  Thank you, in Jesus’ Holy name, Amen.      God you are awesome.

 

 

4 Responses to “Reflections on Christian Living – Been a while”

  1. Ezra April 23, 2016 at 10:03 AM #

    Hope you and those around you are feeling better! I think this post really speaks to my heart. Sometimes I get so busy with the practical commitments in church that I’m really yearning for that pause and just go back into my little space where it’s just me and God. Having a busy schedule taught me to savor the precious moments of prayer and worship whenever I have free time. Thanks for this and God bless 🙂

    • smhoney April 29, 2016 at 12:36 PM #

      Ezra, Thank you for the comment and following. I worked so many hours for sooo many years and was the epitome of the song now popular called: Breathe by Johnny Diaz. There is a different song called Exhale by Plumb that is just as good and looks at the issue from a different facet. Yes, I am doing much better. Those around me, well two are now in hospice care and I am praying for their peace and comfort as their days wane.

  2. tyreebruce April 8, 2016 at 7:01 PM #

    Be still and Know I am God always comes to mind during those times. Draw closer to me..come and I will tell you and show you great things…Our God does use these times to bring us near, to rely, to learn about, and truly trust him. Been there for awhile now and I can almost feel the hand of God release me just a bit. I feel as if I have learned so much, and now it is time for me to take what I learned and put it into life application. This scares me almost more than the waiting room..because now I have grown so comfortable there. I can talk to him and tell him all my frustrations, and hurts, and hopes. Maybe I don’t want this special and quiet time to end now…but I know I must move on, and live a life pleasing to my Creator.

    • Susan April 8, 2016 at 8:24 PM #

      Tyree, Thank you for your feedback.

      I love the Psalms, and your quote for Psalm 46:10 is on target.

      I think often God draws us step by step down into that deep water and quiet time, and I think for many of us, he releases us out step by step as well. I understand the comfortable and the fearful part, I get that. We know that our God is not the author of fear. He never wastes that learning, but desires us to convert it into life application not just for ourselves, but to His glory so that others will also know. In turn then when someone else is treading into deep waters, we can offer them comfort, truth, and learning to wait by telling God everything.

      Stepping out – even a little – takes courage. I’m taking baby steps to start moving into the next chapter of life. It is hard work to move toward health again. It seems a bit “butterfly-ish” to me. Perhaps this is because when they first break out of their confinement, (chrysalis) their wings are still wet & tender, they must soak a bit in the sun before they fly. Maybe even as we move toward the exit of the waiting room, we too must soak a bit more in the intimacy of having grown comfortable with the Son before we fly.

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