In a period of waiting

We all seem to find ourselves in some sort of waiting period; waiting to go back to work, waiting for normality or life as we once knew it, waiting for healing and restoration, waiting for schools to go back fully, waiting to see loved ones, waiting for test results, waiting to see what the future holds…

Personally, I’ve been in this period of waiting for quite some time, pre-Covid 19/20. I’ve also experienced lockdown and isolation for longer than the current 12 weeks we mark off on our calendars this Friday. Immigration is a journey of waiting and isolation. Being in your 4 walls, just you and your family, not knowing what the future holds, not knowing where to turn, where to go, which road to take, missing your nearest and dearest or simply just wanting to give your friends and family a hug. Everything you’ve ever known has completely changed for the time being. You’ve had to change and adapt to new ways of living. Immigration has been a journey.. perhaps the journey you find yourself in during Covid. It’s as though we’re being stripped of all things we used to know, used to love, perhaps used to idolise.. and yet, 1 thing I have been completely sure about during my 18 month period of waiting, lockdown and feelings of isolation, is that He is in the waiting and our triumph will unfold. This, right now, will be worth it. It has to be.

What If everything we’re currently going through is preparing us for the greatness that lies ahead? We feel as though we might be in a dessert and drought. Where are you getting your water from? The well with living water or the media, Netflix and friends? When will all of this just come to an end and life go back to normal? Feeling tired, yet so grateful for slower mornings and family quality time. Loving the time with your kids but also missing your alone time. Enjoying the slower mornings but also missing getting dressed and ready for that meeting or coffee date with a friend. Just like immigration forced me to slow down and take a breath, Covid 19 has forced the world to do the same. Life before Covid 19… busy, rushed, on a tight schedule, the more hustle and bustle the better. Skies filled with high-rise buildings, and hooting cars below, families stopped talking and rarely said hello. Yet then a virus erupted out of nowhere and forced us all to isolate and slow down.. our car keys hung and we looked forward to our family walk or run. Natural talents have had time to flourish, home’s filled with sticky fingers and aromatic baking. Simple acts of kindness now appreciated more than ever. Messages of love and time taken to connect with others outside your 4 walls, more meaningful than ever before. The year 2020, never to be forgotten, one we will speak about forever more.

Take courage my heart, stay steadfast my soul, He’s in the waiting. Lord, allow us to prefer the world that lies ahead of us rather than the one we’ve left behind. Allow us to see that we are not in control, that you are in the waiting, whatever we find ourselves going through. Allow these words to penetrate even just 1 heart, and yet do a mighty work in us all. Remind us that you have already gone before us, that there are no surprises to you. Remind us Jesus, that you are in the waiting…

Inspired by these incredible lyrics from Bethel, “Take Courage”

Slow down, take time
Breath in He said
He'd reveal what's to come
The thoughts in His mind
Always higher than mine
He'll reveal all to come

Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He's in the waiting
He's in the waiting
Hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He's never failing
He's never failing

Sing praise my soul
Find strength in joy
Let His Words lead you on
Do not forget His great faithfulness
He'll finish all He's begun

And You who hold the stars
Who call them each by name
Will surely keep, Your promise to me
That I will rise, in Your victory
And You who hold the stars
Who call them each by name
Will surely keep, Your promise to me
That I will rise, in Your victory!

6 thoughts on “In a period of waiting

  1. Just so beautifully written Mel. I could relate to so much of what you said. We look forward to something better and more appreciated. Our eyes are on Jesus as he leads us every step of the way!!!

  2. Great words! Loved reading this ❤️

    “Slow down, take time…”

    Thank you Mel. Just what I needed to hear!

    X

  3. I am so grateful for finding your blog. Being off of social media has left somewhat of a void. I enjoyed every single piece you’ve written and am so pleased or in awe rather with the amazing person you are.I have known you for quite some time without knowing you if that makes sense. Anyone I am sure can pick up on you spirit. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Ah! Day made… Thank you so much Rene, thank you for taking time to leave a message & share your thoughts with me. I appreciate this so much x

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