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Patience for a Story?


Sometimes you have to look back to look forward... especially when it comes to faith. I see the calendar days fly
by and it gets harder for me to be patient while we look at the future. 

If you've ever been in transition, maybe a few really long layovers at an airport to get to your destination or maybe that week of living out of boxes before moving into your new place (and of course while unpacking too), its a difficult place to be in. Its frustrating! It can be a constant state of anxiousness but it can also be a reminder that there is something new on the horizon. 

Now, I will be the first person to tell you that I am NOT a patient person. I feel I've gotten better since I've been raising 4 children but there are exceptions to the rule. One of the things I have the HARDEST time with, is listening to new readers... sounding out each letter to make a word is AGONIZING for me!! Seriously! Its like nails on a chalkboard... its so long and drawn out... I feel like I've aged 10 years by the time we get through a 2 or 3 sentence page. I like stories but honestly, it depends on the pace. Once again, patience is not my strong suit.

So in the case of our story... Well, we have been living in transition for almost 4 years now. It has had it's fast parts and REALLY, REALLY slow parts. It has not always been rainbows and butterflies, but it has been amazing watching a story unfold.

Our current story is called, The Mountain of Getting Home. Yes, written and edited by THE Author and Perfecter of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2)... and yes, horribly tweaked from time to time by yours truly. 

Quick rundown:
  • Moved from Australia to America
  • Prayed where to be... Heard San Jose, CA
  • Moved to the Suburbs of San Jose
  • Prayed and heard to move closer to downtown.
  • Lease ran out and moved temporarily to San Francisco until we figured out what to do
  • Prayed and believe to BUY a home
  • Now, waiting for a miracle...

That's a pretty blunt rundown and it obviously has a lot more depth than that.. but its just to catch you up to speed. 

With my impatience on the current story, one of the best strategies the Lord gives me is remembering the old stories.

Honestly, this has been a hard thing to trust and wait for something like this. I'm not patient, remember? But now tends to be the time the Lord strategically throws an old story for me to remember as I hold onto one of the biggest promises that God has ever given...
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
I felt Him reminding me of a story that happened not too long ago... the story of YAY! We have a home! Almost 2 years ago we found ourselves in a very similar situation. And in a matter of 2 weeks, we saw things happen that we could have not imagined. How could I forget this? Do I really believe that those circumstance are more possible than these? No. They were equally impossible. But I do realize that my eyes shouldn't be on the circumstance, they should be on Him! He works beyond our boundaries, whether it be time frames, finances or our own trust issues. He works in his timing and in his ways...
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways,”
            declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.

... and so here I am humbled by His Greatness and Sovereignty. Regardless of my natural impatience, I will (and need to) hold onto Him in the midst of my frustration. It is HIS story to unfold, not mine... I am just honored to be in it (and should be).  I am no one special but my heart needs to stay willing and flexible. I need to remember who the Author is and stop trying to tweak things and skip to the end.

Help me Lord to keep my eyes fixed on you!

-Angela

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