Thursday, August 16, 2012

on waiting

I really am trying hard to cherish this time, where life for me is slow and easy. I am SO, so quick to always want what's next; the next thing, the next place, the next group of friends, the next role in life. 

When I'm in bad perspective and I look at my life right now, it seems like wasted time. Two months in an unknown place. Not quite long enough to make really strong friendships, but too long to not try. No job, no place to cook for people, no home to clean. I mean really, someone cleans my room everyday and I am trying to complain? 

Satan is so tricky. 

And then! I remembered this. 

Those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings
 like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;  they shall walk and not faint. 
Isaiah 40: 31 

and this

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! 
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27: 14

Those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength. My study bible says that to renew one's strength is to find 
endless supplies of fresh strength

Fresh Strength. I need that. Everyday.

So here I am, in my waiting room. Trying hard to be where I am, where the Lord has me.  And believing hard that God is storing up endless supplies of fresh strength in me for what's ahead. Believing that there is something great waiting for me in Japan. And oh, how sweet of the Lord  to give me this time. To be. To refresh. To store up strength. 

And yes, I could be filling my time with things. Ok things. Maybe even good things. 
But to store up strength for the best things? I think that's what God has called me to right now. 

And so, that is what I will do. 

Feel like you are in limbo? In an in-between? Remember that God doesn't waste time. 
He doesn't put you somewhere without a purpose. He has plans. Believe that today. 

THIS sermon series, so good. 


  1. So thankful for and blessed by this message today McKenzie.

  2. You're amazing. I'm so glad God's given you this time to write beautiful blog posts.

  3. Satan is tricky, but God is better. Glad the Hardings know that truth is real. Love yall! And the someone cleaing my room part sounds awesome!

  4. I loved this post (and all your other ones!). This really spoke to me, because I feel that I'm struggling with this waiting period, too. With no job and preparing to move, I sometimes feel stuck and you gave me a new insight. I needed this!! :)

  5. I am in a completely different stage of life from you. I'm 30 years old, single, and really struggling with wanting the next phase of life to get here . . . . YESTERDAY!!! It is very hard not to lose hope - and wonder if maybe God has different plans than I want right now. I'm taking your words to heart - I'm trying to let my heart open up to the Lord and trust that he might still have something planned.