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Living as I Wait
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My husband completed graduate school two weeks ago and we are in the waiting stage. Sending out resumes and inquiry letters. Waiting to hear back after interviews. Waiting to find out if we will need to relocate. Waiting to find out if a move will mean switching providers during the middle of my pregnancy. As someone with a planner’s personality, the past few months have been very stressful and full of uncertainty for me. I want to know where we will settle down, where we will raise our family, where we fill find a church, and how close we will be to our extended family. But for now, we wait.

The other day I took my 20-month old daughter outside to help me plant some potted vegetables on our porch. She eagerly threw handfuls of dirt into each pot and set the plants inside. Her face lit up with a huge smile when I let her help me lift the watering can and she saw all the water streaming out. After we finished, I sat and watched as she ran in circles around the pots, pointing to the leaves and saying “Bzzzzz!” when she saw a bug crawling on them.

Her joy in the simplest little things was contagious. She isn’t worrying about whether or not Mama will have supper ready for her in the evening or where she will sleep tonight. It doesn’t cross her mind to think about what will happen tomorrow or next week or in a few months. She lives each moment trusting fully that her mama and daddy will take care of her!

Happy Trust

In the middle of all this waiting, my daughter’s happy trust and exuberance for life is humbling to see. I’ve often read and quickly nodded along with Matthew 6:25-27, but it takes on a whole new meaning when you watch a young child’s practical example: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27).

Too often have I fallen into frustration and questioned God’s leading in our lives, rather than trusting as we wait. I have to stop myself and notice the happy moments we have right now: a husband home every day in this interim, a quickly growing toddler, and a precious life growing inside of me. Maybe we won’t find a job and settle down for three months or even six, but I won’t ever be able to reclaim this time. I want to love and live with a joyful trust like my daughter is showing me.

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