Thankful In The Wait

I am waiting for God to make a big reveal this week.

The results of a writing contest I entered in early January should be announced in the next 24 hours.

A range of feelings has gripped me in the past eight weeks.  First, excitement.  Then impatience.  Then elation, anxiety, and doubt.  Close to the end, a strange mixture of hope, fear, and readiness for it all to be over.  I’ve been waiting with a bundle of emotions for the past 52 days.

In the midst of it all, I held to my center of thankfulness.  I kept recounting the ways God wove all the pieces together in this story.  I kept trusting in his timing and his unseen plans for me.  I thanked him for everything, and each prayer of thanks was a thread woven into his tapestry.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

In college I took a fiber arts class.  I fell in love with the art of weaving.  The back-and-forth rhythm of the shuttle through taut threads soothed my stressful days.  After many passes back and forth, a beautiful weaving emerged.  I am teaching this art to my daughter now with her mini-loom, pictured here.

What I learned in weaving applies to my waiting now.

For a weaving to work, tension is crucial.  The piece won’t hold together unless the warp strands are tight.  All those tight emotions I felt–anxiety, doubt, fear–produced a healthy kind of stress, which made me be brave and seek votes for the contest.  Those tight emotions (such as the fear of letting myself down and letting God down) spurred me to action.  If I hadn’t felt some tension, I would have never pushed myself as hard.

Yet the soothing back-and-forth motion of the weft strands were like the thankful prayers I spoke every day on my way to work and every time I walked in the afternoons.  Each prayer was a thread:

  • God, I thank you for introducing me to linkups, which helped me find the contest.
  • Thank you Lord for my years of writing in journals, which prepared me for blogging.
  • God, I thank you for other trials this year which have spurred my dream pursuit.

Thankfulness has grounded me through this two-month wait.  It will ground me through the long wait on my journey toward traditional publishing.  Even if I win this contest and everything aligns quickly, I know many months and possibly years will pass before I see my books on the shelves of my local Barnes & Noble bookstore.  Thankfulness must be my grounding force in this long wait.  Recounting God’s faithfulness to me will keep me steady with all the uncertainties, rolling emotions, and healthy tensions to come.

Questions for your reflection:

How has thankfulness grounded you in a season of waiting?

How can recounting God’s faithfulness keep your faith grounded?


My book The Fruitful Life will help you address nagging sins and bear more fruit this Lenten season.  I look forward to joining you on the blog and in the online Bible study to discuss this book.

 

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  • Beautiful illustration, our prayers of thankfulness. I know that in times where I fail to offer up those prayers, I grow anxious and discontent. It is in that thankfulness that we find peace and contentment, even while we wait! Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah

      Thanks Nicole!

  • Oooh, exciting! ((Hug)) Prayers for God’s best, Sarah. Hope your news is good. Love how you, so beautifully, traced His hand leading you to this point. Nothing is ever wasted, is it? Every step of the way, we grow as He prepares our hearts and gives us strength for what’s next. Walking with Him is an adventure, isn’t it? 🙂 Excited with you, friend. Look forward to hearing the results. ((hug)) Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today. xoxo

    • Sarah

      Thank you Brenda. Just saw that results should come out March 6, so I’ll be able to celebrate next week!

  • Christin Baker

    Sarah, your writing is so beautiful, and I know that God will continue to use your gifts to advance His kingdom! I love the imagery of each of our prayers of thankfulness being woven into a gorgeous tapestry, and each thread is heard by Him–not even the smallest detail is overlooked! I’d love to teach my daughter weaving. What powerful spiritual lessons we can learn! Hoping for all the best as you continue to wait on God’s perfect timing!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Christin! If you’d like to teach your daughter weaving, I recommend the Melissa and Doug wooden loom pictured in the photo. Easy to use and a good prototype of the real thing!

  • Waiting is never easy. I didn’t meet my husband until I was 30. We both thought God had forgotten us. We have not been able to have a child after several years of trying. It was very difficult at first but having learned about patience and God’s perfect plan and perfect timing in waiting for each other, we can rest in His sovereignty and know that His will is perfect whether He decides to bless us with biological children, adopted children, or no children at all. It wasn’t easy getting to this place of peace and contentment but we can see how God prepared us by teaching us patience throughout our lives.

    • Sarah

      Thank you so much for sharing your story here. I feel blessed that you found this to be a comfortable place to speak of your trials. Praying you will feel God walking closely beside you in this waiting period.

  • Love this, Sarah. Will be sharing with my online prayer group. xo

    • Sarah

      Thank you Lyli! Can’t wait to meet you at She Speaks!