I grew up in a household where Scripture was sung regularly.
One of my family’s favourite songs came from Isaiah 40:31 – “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
In the last six months, we have done a lot of waiting – in lines crossing the Canadian border; in the waiting room of the American Border Patrol; in the dentist’s office; for Driver’s Licence and Health Card in the mail; for shipped items and a host of other reasons to wait.
The final visit with the dentist in Pittsburgh will be on May 17th. Waiting for this dental ordeal to come to an end has been one of the biggest challenges I have faced in this season of life.
And now that Tim has taken his Church History exam and passed it, the real waiting has begun for him. Thank you for your prayers on his behalf. The next step is receiving a pastoral call, followed by, if it comes from the U.S., the bureaucracy of a worker permit, which could take the better part of a year.
Taking that many necessary trips over the last few months, have been hard on the body. So while we wait, we are tending to various aspects of our mortality. Back care, exercise, and other neglected health issues are being focused on.
I am also able to give my undivided attention to the new curriculum in dedicated blocks of time. We wait, and we work.
We are told to wait on the Lord, but we are also instructed to take a long view so we can make plans which, if ordered by the Lord, will come to pass. In that vein, however, if 2019 turns out to be anything like 2018, there will be just six months to the Winter snows. That’s not a lot of time for making long term plans.
We are not Winter people. It is hard on us in many ways. So while we wait, we must plan for somewhere warmer than Ottawa before the snow flies. What that would look like for us, is anyone’s guess at this point. This aspect of waiting is personally very stressful.
In times like these, I lean on the encouragements I received from others… that God never says, “Oops. I shouldn’t have done that”. I think of the encouragement of a dear Brother in Christ which says that there is no Plan B with God. Everything that happens is Plan A.
So we are using this time to renew our strength, to run the race well, and to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. Tim is continuing to drive for Uber, and I am working ‘full steam ahead’ to have the course, Canada In The Making Part 1, launched by June 30th.
And so, we wait… for a flight that might look delayed by human standards, but is perfectly on time by God’s standards. And while we wait, I hope to soar with wings like eagles as this course at last takes flight.
Running the race well, walking worthy of His calling and not growing weary is our prayer.
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