Recently, on Instagram Lara Casey, an inspiring woman, posted, “Life is what happens while you wait”. I totally need that on a mug, because guess what I’m doing right now?
Several weeks ago, I mentioned that we’re on the prowl for a new home again, and as Matt and I rebuild our marriage in a more healthy and solid fashion, I’m making myself take a backseat to this life decision. I’ve realized many past disasters in our life have been because I have pushed for what I thought to be right, and I rarely trusted Matt to lead or make decisions, so I am forcing myself to sit down, shut up and let Matt do what he’s more than capable to do — lead our family.
We found a house that we thought was perfect. It was going to be a fixer upper, something neither of us are good at or like, but if it meant we get to stay in our neighborhood, then we were willing to take the plunge. We were excited and it looked like a done deal. Then, it wasn’t. Instead of pushing our way in, Matt decided to let it go, which I agreed.
Suddenly, the way he and I handle life’s uncertainties became blatant and opposite. My little ship was tossed around in the North Atlantic, while Matt’s little ship was bobbing in the Caribbean.
I obsess. Matt carries on with life.
Matt says, “Awesome, God must have an even better house waiting for us”.
Me? “THIS MEANS WE’RE GOING TO BE LIVING OUT OF OUR VAN! And how can you be playing Wii with the kids at a time like this”?
In a complete panic, I spend all my time thinking, talking, planning, scouring websites, talking, thinking, and scouring websites.
“Matt, have you heard anything yet”?
“Not in the 30 minutes since you last asked”, with sarcasm so thick, I could cut it, and I do with my stare.
When I don’t have an immediate answer, I say I trust in God, but I don’t. I obsess until I come up with a plausible solution. I’ve heard so many preachers pull out the ole sermon, we live in a microwave world, so we expect microwave answers. It’s cute and catchy and makes for a great shame blanket to lay over people, but I don’t find it entirely accurate, because Abraham was a few years before microwaves and he managed to rush God’s timing and created his son, Ishmael, his own way. Even to this day the children of Ishmael and Isaac are creating great divide in our world. And who was behind all that mess? Abraham’s obsessive wife.
I called my mom to whine. “He’s doing it all wrong. I feel like I’m the only one who realizes we need to move soon”.
Then, with wisdom I hope to have one day, she says, “Charity, you’re learning an important life lesson. Not only are you learning to trust and wait on God, but you’re learning to trust and wait on your husband. Neither one are going to let you down, but you’re going to have to let them do it on their own time and in their own way. So while you wait on them, do what you know to do — pack”.
I feel like obsessing is so much more productive.
Even still my mom’s way seems the right way, and I’m so tired of insisting we create Ishmaels in our life, so I’ve made a conscious decision to practice waiting without obsessing.
Are you waiting for something, too? A new house? A new car? Job? Husband? Baby?
Are you like me and obsess? Want to practice a better way to wait with me? Here are a few things to think about while we wait.
Life Happens While You Wait.
As I learn to live life whole-hearted, I’m learning to live in the moment, to breath, feel and not let right now pass me by. It’s not easy to do while I’m waiting for an answer to come. I’d rather sit around and panic, but that means I’d miss out on important life moments. This past week when I felt the pressure and anxiety squeezing tight around my chest, I packed up the kids and drove around our city looking for St. Louis birthday celebration cakes that commemorate St. Louis’s 250 years. After about 20 minutes of driving around, hopping out of the car for group pictures, we were all laughing and I almost forgot we have no idea where we’ll be living in a month.
Do What You Know to Do.
Since my mom gave me this advice, I’ve practiced it every single day. I’ll do my duty to check any updates on the house search, and then I made a goal to pack a certain part of the house, care for my kids and house, and before I knew it, I almost forgot we have no idea where we’ll be living in a month.
This is self-explanatory, but something that’s not always been easy for me. Instead of obsessing with what you don’t have or don’t know, learn to make an effort to appreciate what you do have and what you do know, and before you know it, I almost — who am I kidding, I don’t almost forget anything, but it does ease the anxiety of not knowing the answers I’m waiting for.
Do Something You Love.
Every single day, not just while you’re waiting, but everyday you do something you love to renew your spirit. Nothing makes waiting easier than some self-appreciation.
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“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself”. < Jesus
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… for God goes with you”. < Bible
Well, if next month we’re living in our van, I’ll declare, Jesus is a liar and deny everything I’ve ever believed, but until then, I will test God and Matt in this and practice waiting without obsessing.