Worship While You're Waiting

I'm not a patient person. And if we're being honest, you aren't either.

worship while you're waiting.

Long lines at the grocery store? Hate 'em.
Long waits at the doctors office. So not a fan.

I've done a lot of waiting the past few years.

I've waited for biopsy results while laying alone in a sterile hospital room on a cold metal table. Results? Not good. But praise the Lord cancer was removed. He was with me.

I've waited on test results from the infertility specialist. I got a big fat F, by the way. No kids here. At least none that have made it this side of heaven. But He has been with me every step of the way. Through the comforting words of friends, tremendous amounts of love from my hubby, whispered prayers of church family, and the gentle kindness of strangers reaching out to a broken, messy woman in the grocery store.

I still wait every month, holding onto the hope that maybe, just maybe, by the grace of God that dang stick will sport a plus sign one of these days. But every month, it doesn't. *sigh* And He is with me through the tears and the heartbreak.

I've waited for vet results, only to find out our little fur ball Squeaky had cancer. Her sweet chirps and purrs and furry cuddles have left us.And through all the tears, He is still with me.

There's so much more sweet friends. So much more waiting, and so much lost hope. For you and for me. Our lives are filled with unmet dreams and tales of sorrow. *big cyber hug*

But my big "takeaway" from all these experiences is that even when every test, every lab, every diagnosis seems to be against me, He is always with me.

I've grown deeper roots. Like a well-watered tree, I've turned to the Bible for my living water. And it's allowed me to lean more deeply on Him and His word. To trust. In His Sovereignty and His timing.

Through all the tears, all the heartache, all the sleepless nights lying awake in worry of whether I would live to see another year, He was with me. He is still with me. Always.

Guess what?
He is with you too! Through the good times, the bad times and the waiting times.

What are you waiting on today? Whatever it might be - new job, health issue, grief over a loved one or insert your issue here - make sure that you remember: 

He is with you. Always.

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26 comments:

  1. Welcome to FMF! I was blessed by your words tonight. Sounds like you have had quite a journey, but thankfully we have the best companion along the way, the friend who sticks closer than a brother, who promises never to leave us nor forsake us.

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  2. These words tonight are sweet balm for my soul. Blessed that you joined #fmfparty and that God is always with us in the waiting.

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  3. Amen to that sister! He is the only companion we need. Praise Jesus always!

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  4. Well written Nicki!!! Yes, He is with us always! If God is for us, who can be against us! So glad you joined in with #fmf. Can't wait to see where this journey leads you! Godspeed

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  5. Thanks for the sweet words Mollie. Excited to see where the Lord leads you in your year. Hopefully to the deepest desire of your heart. Loved your #fmfparty post. :)

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  6. Thank you Mary. It's been a bumpy road, but I have an excellent driver. Oh sweet Jesus, take the wheel! :)

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  7. As you said God is with us in good times and, here's where I differ from you just a bit, difficult times. The reason for the slight difference is because I believe that as long as you look to God there are no "Bad" times, only slightly more difficult times.

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  8. Very well written. It gave me goosebumps! :) And I will admit it I'm not patient at all!

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  9. Nicki, I'm with you - it is so hard to wait for answers. I'm glad our paths have crossed as I am always encouraged by your posts. The last few months I have found such comfort in this - "God is our refuge & strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Ps. 46:1) Nicki, He is ever-present with you! Blessings!

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  10. I agree with you Roger. I think your difficult and my bad are really the same thing. :)

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  11. I'm not patient either Nicole. But I'm learning. Thank heavens our Lord is patient enough for us :)

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  12. I am glad you found encouragement Joanne. Big hugs to you sweet lady! xoxo

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  13. 'To trust. In His Sovereignty and His timing.' Yes, the Bible helps us to do this, and his kindness. Thanks for your words, they ring very true.

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  14. And His mercy. And His grace, lots and lots of grace! Blessings to you Ruth xoxo :)

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  15. Nicki, it was a pleasure reading your words and many of the specifics of your story resound in my own heart too. I love the image of deeper roots, struggling to find nourishment and being more firmly planted because of it.

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  16. We are so thrilled that you jumped in with us for Five Minute Fridays! There is so much freedom in knowing we are not alone... that there is a flashmob writing together - and not over thinking or rewriting but being brave and letting it flow and hitting publish with wild abandon! Ah yes - and Waiting... I'm not so good at it either... but we are never waiting alone! That helps, right? --To remember that in all of our waiting, and feeling like we're alone... in reality - we never ever are! He is always with us! Great post!

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  17. You touched my heart again, Nicki! Loved receiving the "cyber" hugs. Sending them right back to you!

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  18. Sending hugs your way, my friend! Welcome to the FMFParty craziness--but its' a good kind of crazy where we pray for each other and make sure no one is bearing burdens alone. I'm so glad you that KNOW that God is always with you. May he continue to hold you up with his mighty hands.

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  19. Big hug to you Syndal. I have to say it saddens me that you can relate, but yet it encourages me so to know that despite what our enemy tries to make us think, we are not in this boat alone. And what a wonderful life preserver we have in Jesus! Blessings to you :)

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  20. Oh the waiting is so hard, Nicki ... especially when we just kinda know that the results aren't going to be what we had hoped.
    That He is there, present, unchanged, in the waiting room with us? What a mercy. What a grace.
    Weekend joys to you ...
    ;-}

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  21. Yes indeed Linda. I love how He is with us, even in, and esp. in, the broken messy bits and pieces of the waiting. :)

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  22. Beautiful! Through even the most difficult waiting, I've watched Him carry loved ones, and felt it myself.Indeed, He is with us! Always! (Happy to see you over at Faith 'N Friends today.)

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  23. It's comforting to know that God will never leave me, even during the darkest seasons. Your words touched me today. Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Brew.

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  24. Agreed Lux, it is so very difficult. But I think the best spiritual change comes during those waiting moments. The moments were we just need to cling to Him have been some of my most rewarding thus far. Blessings! :)

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  25. God is with you right in the middle of your mess Barbie! Big hugs, praying for you :)

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  26. Isn't it beautiful when we can just rest and let Him carry us? It's always sweet nourishment for this weary soul. Blessings to you fellow FMFF lady! :)

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