Scripture @ Sunrise 11.25.08

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  -Psalm 27:14

(from Dayspring Writer Holley Gerth’s blog)

Waiting…

It’s early Monday morning and I’m waiting in the airport to catch a flight to Texas. I tried taking a picture to post here but all I got was an odd-looking fake tree and a few haggard travelers. Mark and I are sharing a large cup of Starbuck’s coffee. I just got lipstick on the rim, which drives him nuts. I had to get up at 5am so I’m feeling grouchy. We’ll be fine by 10.

Another reason I’m feeling grouchy is that waiting seems to bring out that side of me. Are you like that too? I have waited for several “flights” in my life–getting married, finding a job, having kids (still in the airport on that one). I once wrote about that and here’s part of what I said…

Imagine expecting to arrive in Hong Kong and stepping off your plane to discover you’re in Australia instead. That’s exactly what happened to one woman who boarded the wrong plane at the Los Angeles airport. Due to a computer error, no one knew she took another flight. She got on board, found a seat, and didn’t realize her travel plans had drastically changed until the plane landed in a different country.

All of us experience situations in life like the one described above. You think you’re taking the nonstop flight to your dreams, and next thing you know you’re stranded in a strange land you never intended to visit.  You’re not quite sure how you got there, when you’ll be leaving, or what in the world to do in the meantime.

While you may not be where you want to be, you don’t have to be there alone. And whether or not you chose your detour, you can choose to make it a time of healing and growth that changes the rest of your journey…

Has anyone else ever feel like they unexpectedly hopped on that flight to Australia? I have!! While waiting may not be my favorite thing to do, I’ve discovered there can be unexpected blessings in those times. That doesn’t make it easier…but it does help to know God is working to make sure I won’t be boarding the plane empty-handed when the time comes.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 NIV

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