The Joy of Waiting

My husband loves to fly kites.  We recently spent four days at the Oregon Coast and he was very much looking forward to getting some ‘air time.’

Not much you can do, though, if you have no wind.  

So we just waited.  And while we waited we sat in our beach chairs and read books.

We threw sand in the air a few times to see which the wind was blowing.
Sand up, sand down.  No wind blowing.

No matter, we were at the beach. The sun was shining, people were laughing.  The waves were invigorating, calling and diving birds put on a show.  There were kids and sandcastles….

There was great joy in just waiting.

I have been reading Andrew Murray’s classic ‘Waiting on God’ since October of 2012.  That’s almost two years.  The book consists of 31 devotionals on prayer….  Thirty one. So I could have been done in November of 2012. But it’s August 2014….and I’m still reading.

Each and every selection is deep and rich and full and takes me a week or two to digest.  I camp in each one for awhile, meditating on the words before I continue.
I thought when I began this book I was waiting for something.
Something to happen, something to come together, something big, maybe?

I found out I’m actually waiting for Someone.

From Day 22:
“Even as the sunshine enters with its light and warmth, with its beauty and blessing, 
into every little blade of grass that rises upward out of the cold earth, so the everlasting God meets, 
in the greatness and the tenderness of His love, each waiting child, to shine in his heart 
“the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Cor 4:6).
“Who can measure the difference between the great sun and that little blade of grass? 
And yet, the grass has all of the sun it can need or hold.
Do believe that in waiting on God, His greatness and your littleness suit and meet each other most wonderfully.
“Bow in emptiness and poverty and utter weakness, in humility and meekness, 
and surrender to His will before His great glory, and be still.
As you wait on Him, God draws near.”
And that kite?  The next day we got all the wind we needed.
It was a beautiful sight.


Who (or what) are you waiting for? Be encouraged–God is there already.
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Linking with Shelly Miller and the Sabbath Society peeps 
and of course, with the Soli Deo Gloria sisters.
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9 thoughts on “The Joy of Waiting

  1. Jody Lee Collins

    Abby, I appreciate your words so much. 'The old guys' just say it best, I find. So glad they ministered to you. Now I'm off to 'visit' your place.

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  2. Dawn

    Andrew Murray's words are one of my favorite places to camp next to the Word of God. So glad to find a kindred spirit. There is great joy as we wait on Him, because our expectations are exceeded beyond all we can imagine.

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  3. Jen Ferguson

    This is awesome. My favorite post you have ever written. I seriously love it and what hits my heart the most? This quote: “Do believe that in waiting on God, His greatness and your littleness suit and meet each other most wonderfully.” AMEN!

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  4. Abby

    Ohhh!!! I love this Jody! So glad you linked up before me at SDG! I wasn't familiar with this title from Andrew Murray, but I am now & really must see about getting it! Thank you for the precious reminders this morning…just what my haggard heart needed 🙂 and I think I will digest this written beauty just as you 🙂

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  5. www.nancyaruegg.com

    Such a heart-touching post, Jody. I love the example of you and your husband enjoying the blessings surrounding you as you waited for wind to fly Bill's kite. And those Andrew Murray quotes? WOW! That last one is incredibly profound: “Bow in emptiness and poverty and utter weakness, in humility and meekness, and surrender to His will before His great glory, and be still.
    As you wait on Him, God draws near.” No wonder you feel compelled to camp out for awhile in each devotional. Those two sentences alone warrant meditation. Thank you, Jody!

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  6. Lisa notes...

    “I found out I'm actually waiting for Someone.”
    Yes! I love this, Jody. I too often think I'm waiting for someTHING or person to change or move or whatever. But that's an incorrect focus. It's God I'm waiting for. Thanks for sharing your insight.

    I love Andrew Murray too. And I love that you're going slowly through the devotional book. That's beautiful to me.

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  7. Jody Lee Collins

    Shelly, you and another friend came to mind as the Holy Spirit showed me this. So glad it ministered to you.
    Andrew Murray is one of the classical voices I treasure a great deal. (31 days, smallish book.
    Packable. Hint, hint.)

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  8. Shelly Miller

    I thought I was waiting on something but I found out I'm waiting on someone too. This is so lovely Jody, thank you for tagging me so I wouldn't miss it. I don't have this book and perhaps I need to add to my list? Sounds wonderful, I'm grateful you shared it.

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