ART & INSPIRATION FROM KATHY BOECHER©
This painting is now living in the home of a good friend
Waiting patiently to see what nature has in store for us in our new “old” house. Since we moved in October, we only had a few remnants of what was and what could be. This week we’re anticipating temperatures near 60 degrees – almost unheard of for February in Minnesota.
I recall tulips beginning to burst their way through moistened, winter earth when ever we had a winter thaw – and their surprised reaction when the snows returned in March and covered their little heads for an additional few weeks.
When we know something is coming, it’s hard to wait. It’s hard to be patient. Kids can’t wait for their birthdays or Christmas, because of their excitement. Engaged couples work hard at waiting for their wedding days. Moms and dads anticipate the coming birth of a child with hope that all will be well. It seems our whole life is dedicated to waiting.
Queen Esther waited for just the right moment to tell her husband, the king, that she was a child of Israel – an enemy of the Babylonians. Joseph went through betrayal of his brothers, loss of his freedom, false accusations and prison before he became the advisor to Pharoah. David waited to become come king until he knew that his predecessor had died even though he’d already been anointed as king. The Israelites waited for centuries for the promised Messiah and when He came to them, many didn’t recognize Him.
Waiting is never easy. The world tells us we can have everything instantly today. God tells us that by waiting, we will receive treasure beyond measure I like His way better.
My God, you have placed me here for a reason.
I don’t know what it is.
I wish I knew your plan for me.
I know I should be patient,
but my mind is filled with fear.
I sit and wait and wonder why.
Why have you chosen ME to be in this place?
Am I the one who must make sure that your work is done?\
I know that with you I can do anything.
I will always trust in you.
You are the God of my people.
Just help me to understand what you would have me do.
I’s hard to wait, Lord -it’s so hard to wait.
I give to you my all.
Use me as you will.
I trust in your direction for my life.
I know I am your instrument
and you will guide my way.
LYRICS FROM “SUCH A TIME AS THIS,” by Kathy Boecher©