The Waiting

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The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

– Tom Petty, The Waiting

Yup, I’d agree with Tom wholeheartedly. The waiting is the hardest part. With church planting, you’re always in some place of process; sometimes running, sometimes waiting. I just happen to be in that place between ‘here’ and ‘there.’ Literally. Our family is on one coast and our future church is on the other coast. We’re stuck on the left coast until our house sells. It’s a process. So I work, prepare and wait.

The other day I was reading some Don Miller and his words struck me as both comforting and true. I was reminded that my life is part of a larger story. And this “waiting” is only a part the tale. My story is not done yet. There’s more to come.

“And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?”

– Don Miller, Through Painted Deserts

So, this is all a part of the journey, I guess. At least, I know I’m on an adventure and I can wait eagerly with anticipation as that next chapter unfolds. My hope is in what is yet to come.

How’s your story unfolding these days?

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