Waiting is one of the most difficult things for me to do. I like to control things, as much as possible, and in waiting my pursuit of control is irrelevant. I'm learning more about what it means to wait and to rest. As a father, a husband and a youth pastor, my passion is to see life change take place. The thing about life change is that it takes time, and it is often out of our control. My role of authority in the process of pastoring, child-rearing and being a husband is more about providing opportunities for life change or spiritual transformation to happen and less about trying to control how it actually occurs.
My wife and I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our third child. It's in this season of growth that I am learning more about what it means to wait. For those of you who are learning to wait in your life in some way, may you find encouragement and inspiration through the words of a fellow sojourner in the waiting game.
In anticipation of the birth of our third child, I penned these lyrics for a song:
Here we are waiting
Hoping to meet you very soon
the anticipation keeps us full of knowing what to do
We're celebrating the purpose of life
in the spaces between courage and darkness, knowing you will meet us here
Love is waiting, holding tight, not letting go
No hesitating, we are here and we want you to know
It takes patience to rest in the moments of unknown
freedom and mercy are with you here, you won't travel alone
Had a lot of fun with this one.
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