Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hurry up and wait


“Honey, pack your bags. We’re going to India.”

The hustle and bustle of the busy morning came to a grinding halt. India? Did I want to go to India?
I was neck deep in plans and none of them had included going to India: helping my newly graduated son prepare for a week in Barcelona with his grandparents; packing for a weekend trip out of town for my nephew’s wedding; working on final details for my book release in July… nope, no plans for India here.

The more I let the idea marinate, the more I began to love it. I began taking time to research the country and learn more about their culture. I discovered beautiful parks and waterfalls nearby that seemed to beckon. My husband, Greg, and I even planned a train ride to visit the Taj Mahal. I was certainly warming up to the idea of spending a week in India.

We were thrown into the whirlwind of making plans, finding passports, applying for visas, figuring out finances—there were so many moving parts and they all needed to move in sync for the trip to happen.

“Honey, there’s a wrinkle in our plans. They now need me for two weeks, not just one. And I have to leave at the end of the week.”

Now this was a game changer. We played around with several scenarios to shorten my trip but extend his. But by the end of the day we were face to face with a harsh reality—I wouldn’t be able to go.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever had to hurry up and then wait? Like a stirred up ant pile, something unexpected will cause a great deal of commotion and excitement only to have to go back to business as usual.

My heart was heavy from the adventure I wouldn’t be able to take with Greg, the sights we wouldn’t be able to see together. But I also had an unexpected peace.  God was saying “not now.” If I was supposed to go to India, the details would have worked out. It doesn’t mean I will never go, it only means that this wasn’t my time. I just have to trust Him.

So, tomorrow night I’ll be dropping Greg off at the airport and praying him safely to India. I will keep the home fires burning and wait with expectancy on what God has planned for me right now. I may not be going to a land far away, but I will certainly be on an adventure…

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3


2 comments:

Kim said...

This totally applied to me today. So anxious about selling our house! We have a showing, get all excited and then don't hear anything..back to business as usual as you said. I just need to trust in HIM. It's HIS timing, not mine. Just wish sometimes he would use my time table instead of His. ;) Can totally relate!

Jennifer said...

Kim, I feel your pain. I remember selling our last house and the wait can be agony! But, because God's timing is perfect, there is always blessing on the other side! I'll be praying for you. :)
Jennifer

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