Waiting is the great grace. It’s a subtle sign for those with eyes to see, reminding us there is work yet to be done — not just around us, but in us. We are still in progress, unfinished masterpieces full of incompletion. And although I know this, I resist it. For the fruit of waiting — the outcome, the resulting growth — I am grateful. But for the process — the part that causes growth — I am not. Waiting is hard. It forces us to acknowledge our imperfections, our own unfinishedness. It is the long ride home; the journey, not the destination. We see the shore but have not arrived. This is why we hate to wait, why we are taunted by these delays and slow-downs. They force us to rely on patience and faith to fill the gap between where we are and where we want to be. – Jeff Goins, The In-Between
I have read this section in Jeff’s book many times over this past week, all the while believing that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it and believing that there is a beautiful bravery found when we cling to belief, trust, and hope in our times of waiting.
I’m not sure what you might be waiting for, but today, let’s believe in what the waiting is doing in our lives. Let’s believe that no matter what, He is good, and He is working all things for good in and around us.
::For the month of October, I’m participating in The Nester’s #31Days blog writing challenge. My topic? Big BELIEF. For the next 31 days, I’ll be writing about three main things: 1. BELIEVING in His good plan for my life, 2. BELIEVING in the dreams He’s placed on my heart, and 3. BELIEVING in who He is and what He promises. So, what do you say? Will you join me? Will you open your heart to Him and allow Him to grow your belief over these next 31 days? You can read all my #31Days posts, here.::