Waiting Well

 

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” 

Psalm 27:14

Driving up the “hill” to the iconic Mulholland Drive today, I had a flashback to this time of year in 2008. I had just left my OB’s office, pregnant with my first baby. Dr. M had told me that there was no way I would go into labor before she left town for the holidays a week later, and that I would deliver with a sub-( I’m sure she didn’t say sub, but that’s how it registered)…

I drove up that same hill to head across Mulholland with a belly touching the steering wheel, Christmas carols playing, and tears streaming down my face. How would I be able to do this without my trusted doctor? This is not in my birth plan! How can I stand to be pregnant for another week, at least?

Well, what do you think happened? I worried and cried and tried to come up with a plan of my own to make things work out, just to go into labor naturally the next day and welcome a beautiful baby girl with my amazing doctor in the room.

Looking at the same beautiful views today, (but now with 4 babies in the backseat), I remembered God’s faithfulness; His plan. Whether giving birth to a child, a dream, or a promise from Him, the due date has been chosen. Whether I decide to trust my Father and not fret, is up to me. Yes, we can “co-labor” with the Lord, but that does not include rushing His perfect timing. If anything, my guess is that I often delay it.

In what seems to be a season of waiting in my life, I am expectant with hope and praying daily to trust God more, (AKA chill out), enjoy the goodness of now, and not try to force the expected before its time.

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end- it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”

Habakkuk 2:3

I saw this post on Instagram this week right when I needed it. Let’s not lose our minds and know we’ll be better for it!

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