Life lies waiting

“Between the wish and the thing,

Life lies waiting.”

The other day, I was in a store and saw this quote on a greeting card.  Knowing me, I whipped out my journal to copy down these words as well as the quotes on many other cards.  After wandering throughout the rest of the store and then onward to my car, I kept hearing the repeating of the quote’s end… life lies waiting….life lies waiting…

This summer turned out to be nothing like I had originally planned, and as a result, I let my relationship with God suffer.  I was disappointed that I didn’t get to go on the two different mission trips nor did I get to be a camp counselor, take summer school, or even have time to write.  I became upset about all of these, but God was waiting for me to see what wonderful opportunities He HAD blessed me with: to be a most-loved nanny for my three little cousins and try to work on my relationship with my dad.

“For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are  your works;

my soul knows it very well.”

Psalm 139: 13-14

Our lives are some of God’s wonderful works.  Does your soul know this today?  Embark on this day with the joy that come with knowing that God has prepared it for you.  You can wish all you want to for a life different than what you have, but remember that the life that God has prepared for you lies waiting.  If we will just trust in Him and live each daily fully, we’ll find that His plans are infinitely better and always more creative than ours anyways 😉

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A Green Thumb and Patience in Waiting


I absolutely love gardening and flowers!  The picture above is of some clematis that I planted last year in Nashville.  Here in Starkville, though, I absolutely still have the ability to grow plants–and bring them back to life–in my little, college apartment.  Meet my other roommates since mine have both moved out for June….

The onion plant and the hydrangea that has come back from the dead.

At this point, you may be thinking that I am pitifully alone or something to call these two plants roommates, but whenever someone comes over to my apartment, they always get to meet these two.  I figure that you should have the same pleasure as well!

The onion plant is what is sooo funny to me.  After all, look at it up close!

Now, maybe it’s just me and my weird sense of humor, but this makes me laugh every single time that I see it!  I can’t believe that THAT thing grew out of something that I would normally cut up to make chicken stock.  Anyways, I just didn’t have the heart to throw it away.

The hydrangea used to be as tall as those stakes, but then I didn’t water it at all for about a week and a half, and the plant died.  I trimmed away the dead parts, stuck it outside for a few weeks, and a tiny green stem sprouted!  It’s been 10 months, and here’s what it looks like…

Yay!

Just as in everything with life, though, I think the crucial aspect of this was having patience–persistently and patiently waiting.   It’s amazing what growth–whether physical or spiritual–will take place if we are just willing to wait with patience…

Jonny Diaz — “What I’m Waiting For”

I’m sorry for taking so long to post!  I’ve been super busy in these past few days, but tomorrow I’ll be free to write a real post again!  Come back and check sometime tomorrow around lunch for a new post 🙂

As for now, I’m off to study for Spanish and Calculus placement tests.  Whoo hoo!  I leave you now with a new favorite song and it’s lyrics.  It’s Jonny Diaz, and he has a sound really similar to Jason Mraz and Dave Barnes.  I hope you like it!

“What I’m Waiting For” — Jonny Diaz

FORTY DAYS WITH A HEART LIKE A STONE

FORTY NIGHTS FEELING COLD AND ALONE

LIKE A STRANGER CAUSE IT’S BEEN SO LONG

IT’S NOT YOU BUT IT’S ME WHO’S GONE

TRY TO PRAY BOW MY HEAD BUT LIFE GETS IN THE WAY
AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY
WHAT I’D GIVE FOR A CHANGE
HOW LONG WILL IT BE THIS WAY

THIS COMPLACENCY IS WEARING ON ME
ALL MY PASSIONS TURNED TO APATHY
I COULD GET UP AND FOLLOW YOU
AND FIND MY FAITH FROM BEFORE
DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M WAITING FOR

I HAVE DONE WHAT I THOUGHT I SHOULD
ALL THESE YEARS THAT I’VE SPENT SERVING YOU
TELL ME HOW DID I END UP LIKE THIS
WITH DOUBT IN MY HEART AND MY HANDS IN A FIST

MAYBE YOU SHINING WHITE OR A BLOOD RED SUN
MAYBE SOME OTHER SIGN THAT MAY NEVER COME
MAYBE I MUST BELIEVE BEFORE I CAN SEE
WHAT I’M WAITING FOR