“Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.”
–excerpt from “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess
Oh what on Earth are we all waiting for? We spend years of our lives just waiting. Some of these things, we must simply wait for. There’s no getting around it.
You can’t possibly cook noodles before the pot begins to boil.
You can’t use the bathroom at the movies until there is an empty stall.
You can’t get on a train before it comes, no matter how quickly your next connection is.
You can’t make plans with your husband when he is in the military. (Just kidding, this one may be a little dramatic)
You can’t MAKE a 5 year old boy (who weighs 55 pounds) get out of the carseat until he is good and ready.
BUT, you can determine if you are going to wait to do what God is asking you to do.
I began hearing God calling me to write over four years ago. FOUR years. This is what you call, delayed obedience.
“Without delay I hurry to obey your commands.” Psalm 119:60
At first, I was in a “hurry.” I began a free blog site and started writing. I may have written four or five posts before I simply gave up. I think my Mom and BFF were the only people who ever actually saw and read it, so I figured, “What’s the point??”
Year after year, month after month, I continued to feel the nudge. You know the one. Where the Holy Spirit tells you, gently and sweetly to do something. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if it’s really God. Other times, He drops a heavenly brick on your head.
I think I’m the girl He has to drop a heavenly brick on.
Since my original post, my daughter started and completed Kindergarten and is almost done with 1st grade. My son is about to graduate from preschool. My baby was born and is just the sweetest little joy (Joy is her middle name and suits her perfectly). We moved into our new home and it was damaged badly only months later when we had a hurricane here on the east coast of NC, which I’m sure you’ll hear about in later posts. My husband is here and gone, as usual (many of you can relate to this life). We took on four chickens. You’ll be hearing more about this endeavor too, as we begin our family farm over the next few years. I’ve somehow managed to continue in my business JumpGlass and I’m working on several new and exciting projects.
Through all of that, the nudges from the Holy Spirit just kept coming.
I have loved to read as long as I can remember. I absolutely adore good stories. I’ve never considered myself a writer, persay, but I believe anyone can be a writer. We all have unique thoughts. We can craft our own ideas about the world. God places different desires and ideals in each of our precious souls and gives us something to say.
So, here I am again. Ready, this time, to take on this challenge from God for real. I still don’t know if I can really write, but I know that God has something to say through me. I pray God will use me to reach and minister to other ladies who may be just like me. A tired mama. An entrepreneur just trying to make it. A lonely military spouse. But most of all, I pray that I am able to lead others to a loving God who holds the world, including our little slice of it.
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