As I write this post, I find myself in yet another holding pattern, another place of waiting. This time I’m waiting for the birth of our first grandchild – a granddaughter! Our first “baby” is ready to deliver her first (on the date of this post).
But I hate waiting. Really. Even when it’s for something as amazing as a granddaughter. In this case, however, I’m waiting with a sense of joy and excitement. So while I’m waiting (yes, a bit impatiently!), it’s with a prayer of hope that all goes well, and the expectation of something wonderful to come.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Waiting is work (hard work), and often there’s no real sense of what the outcome will be. We wait for news about a family member, for a letter of acceptance from a college, for an answer to prayer.
We long for that special someone to share life with and the waiting weighs on our fragile heart. We wait for that writing contract, our heart in our throat as we check email again. We hope for that new job, pacing the floor as we wait for the call.
During the past six years of my writing journey, I’ve clung to these words: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14.) Wait – be strong – take heart. Isn’t that encouraging?
What speaks strongest to me in those verses is the underlying hope, the sense of expectation. We might have to wait, but we can take heart that God is at work in our life, even when we can’t see Him. We can stay strong, knowing that He will answer the prayer of our heart in His way and in His timing. I think that’s something to bolster our hearts and minds during our season of waiting. Even something to celebrate.
This encouragement holds true no matter what we’re waiting for. A baby, a job, that special someone to come bearing roses and chocolate. Wait on the Lord, trust in His timing and His goodness, and wait for Him – expect Him – to move.
What are you waiting for? What are you expecting God to do?
My debut novel, One of Me, releases June 1. (woo hoooo!) It’s about waiting for God to answer prayer, to work in difficult situations, to heal and redeem – and what happens when the answers aren’t what was planned.
Fired from her job as a high-profile spokesmodel, Kiera Simmons flees New York for Minnesota, determined to regain her faith and build a normal life outside the glare of celebrity. She develops a program for teens to combat the world’s distorted view of significance with the reality of a loving God. Peter Theisen stands on the threshold of realizing his dream of becoming a famous performer. With his career being driven by his A-list agent, Peter is ready for everything fame promises.
Their unexpected romance, begun cautiously outside the spotlight, is soon put to the test. Facing her beloved father’s illness, Peter’s skyrocketing career, and threats from her jailed former boyfriend, Kiera’s only option would sweep her back into the glare of celebrity. The consequences could destroy her father’s health, undermine the message she shares with teens, and extinguish the fragile spark of love she shares with Peter.
To salvage their relationship, Kiera and Peter must find their way back into the spotlight of God’s love. But is the allure of wealth and fame too strong to resist?
I would LOVE to give away a copy of One of Me, but since I can’t do so until June 1st, how about some chocolate to help as you wait on the Lord to answer the prayer of your heart? Leave a comment – tell us what you’re waiting for, or how God has answered a prayer – to be entered into a drawing for some yummy chocolates!
And thanks for coming by InspyRomance! Hope to see you back here tomorrow.