The Lord has been pressing patience into my heart lately. We're looking forward to a big (and good) transition in the next few months. I'll write more about it soon, but for now, we're preparing our hearts and praying lots about the puzzle pieces involved in a move.
Typically, I'm not an anxious person, but the last few months I've felt anxiety creeping in at times. And then I read this:
For the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting ourselves into his place to do for him that which he has undertaken to do for us. We attempt to think of that which we fancy he will forget; we labour to take upon ourselves our weary burden, as if he were unable or unwilling to take it for us [...] Thus want of confidence in God leads us to wander far from him; but if through simple faith in his promise, we cast each burden as it comes upon him, and are "careful for nothing" because he undertakes to care for us, it will keep us close to him, and strengthen us against temptation.
Of late, I've felt the temptation to worry, panic, over-plan... you name it. Tempted to ignore what I know to be true about God: He cares for us, He provides for us, and His business includes clearing pathways for us on this earth so we can bring more glory to HIM. But if, as Spurgeon so wonderfully states, "we cast each burden as it comes upon him," we will be strengthened against temptation.
As we look for housing and figure out what on earth our calendar will look like in the next few months, this is my prayer. That I would willingly, obediently, and gratefully cast each burden as it comes on Him.
I'm trying to focus more on what we do while we wait and waiting well. Remembering that there is a lot to be learned while we wait, and that I don't need to continually wish away every transition, simply because I crave the comfort of life between transitions.
Some things we've been enjoying while we wait:
- This sermon series entitled "Made to Work." It's so challenging to my attitude about work.
- Summer's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (again and again!)
- Nicholas and I drinking our morning coffee together each morning and reading through Proverbs together
- Leisurely afternoon naps on Wednesdays (my day off)
- Continuing to expand our food preferences to anything and everything (tonight was Shrimp Pad Thai, yum!)
**This post's photos in order: my happy baking tools & morning coffee time :)
And, as one final reminder for myself:
God's timing is never early and never late.