Monday, October 8, 2012

look around (day 8)

As we wait it is so easy to be self-focused. When are my prayers going to be answered? Why am I having to wait? How long will I be in this situation?

Whether you are in a season of waiting or a season of fulfilled dreams, look around. Be observant.  Life is not all about you. Someone you know is waiting for a job. Someone else is waiting for a baby. Someone is waiting to have someone special enter their lives. Someone is waiting for the pieces of their heart to be mended. Someone is waiting for medical results. Someone next to you is too reserved to say that they need prayer and is waiting for you to just go ahead and intercede on their behalf. 

Open your eyes.

I'm saying all of this to myself. Every word I'm writing here I need to hear and do each day.

Your times of waiting can make you attuned to the needs of others if you let it. Their journey, their needs, their dreams may be different, but the trial of waiting is very similar no matter the specific details.  How will you use this season? Will it be self-focused or others-focused?  Don't waste your pain. Don't waste your waiting.

4 comments:

  1. Wow I kind of want to share this with my friends and family. I am SO, so, so self-focused while I'm waiting. It's just really easy for me to have a pity party, even if not out loud, when things get tough. Great post!

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    1. I need to be reminded of this frequently. I think that is why community is so important. They remind me that it is not all about me. They remind me of the importance of just being present sometimes with someone as they wait and question. They remind me that I must be praying for and serving others.

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  2. I think it is in the serving of others' needs that we let go of our own and let God take control...

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    1. I just need to remember to do that every day. So easy to get sucked into the "it's all about me" mentality. :(

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