“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.” Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
I’m writing this post on Monday, August 4th. Here’s what’s happening in my life today. I have two days to finish my Pharaoh’s Daughter revision, and I don’t have a clue how to end the story. I also need to finish two blog posts, a newsletter (meaning two articles), and read a full book and review it–all before I leave for Colorado in three days.
Ain’t gonna happen.
Why Am I Going to Colorado?
We’re having another grand baby! Woot! Yep, our youngest daughter will deliver our sixth grand baby (C-section) on August 18th–or so we think. She delivered early with her first one. Our older daughter has been early with both her babies as well.
Our family isn’t partial to waiting.
Back to Writing…
Which leads me back to my unreachable deadlines…I didn’t wait til the last minute. Honest.
I’ve been working ahead on blog posts so I won’t have to work while I’m helping our daughter in Colorado. I did the same when I was in Atlanta in June with our eldest daughter and her newborn. Pharaoh’s Daughter revisions were scheduled for July–the whole month–before I left for Colorado in August.
See? I had a plan.
But it’s all about the margins. You know…those little spaces around the page of your book. The white spaces that let our eyes rest, so we don’t get overwhelmed when we look at a page. We need those same white spaces in our lives, on our calendars, for our brains.
MY plan didn’t include white spaces. I’m learning my plans seldom do. For years my planner wrote checks my body couldn’t cash, and the price was my health.
There is a big, brick wall, dear ones, and when we hit it–the damage is done. God can restore, but He may choose to allow the consequences of our choices to linger–as a reminder to make better choices next time.
Making Better Choices
So, here I sit on August 4th, wondering how much longer I have to wait.
- When will I get the Epilogue AH-HAH! moment, and finish Pharaoh’s Daughter?
- When will I meet my new grand baby?
- When will I be obedient to the Lord and schedule white spaces into my life?
How about you? What are you waiting for?
“The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness.” Psalm 147:11
- Like margins in a book, we need similar space in our lives, on our calendars, for our brains.
- God may choose to allow consequences to linger as a reminder to make better choices.