Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wishin' & Hopin' & Thinkin' & Prayin'

What a great song.  Back in 1964 (my mid-years in High School), Dusty Springfield came out with a huge hit that still sets a foot to tappin'.

I couldn't begin to tell you the song's lyrics, but the title & chorus speaks volumes about my present condition ...

... Wishin' ... Hopin' ... Thinkin' ... Prayin' ...

Not necessarily in that order.

It was nearly one year ago that I left my position in Church ministry in Arizona and began the lengthy process of re-locating to the Pacific Northwest.  We touched down here late July, and since that time it's been such great fun settling & reconnecting with all things familiar, mostly family & friends.

But stirring just beneath my heart's contentment is a rhythmic beat that has me longing for the next steps.  Often my prayers begin and end with "What now; what next, Lord?".  It's not an anxious or unwelcome rhythm; just persistent.

I may be retired, but I'm definitely not tired.  Both Terry and I long for more room (a home versus a condo); and my hands often itch for a greater grip on productivity. 

But I've learned something in my 63 years:  don't push

Waiting upon the Lord has advantages; the best being a lack of regret

And so it plays on, the wishin', and hopin', and thinkin', and prayin' AND waitin' ...


16 comments:

Sonja said...

ah yes... I remember the song well! And how fitting for this period of time. But best of all I loved... 'don't push'!! I wholeheartedly agree with that one, having done my share of it. Pretty soon... you'll be singing 'thank you', that you waited, and now look where He has you!...:) It's a comin'...

xo

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Love the pic of the bear but wouldn't want it in my yard!
I remember that song and now it will be in my head all day long.
I agree that you should wait and not rush ahead but sometimes that is very difficult. Blessings to you my friend!
Hugs, Noreen

Debbie said...

Oh I remember the song well too...loved it, haha....I do know how you feel as I find myself at such a similiar point...What's next Lord?? The pic of the bear is hilarious...Have a good day! HUGS

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

I am always asking the Lord what's next? Mr. Man and I are looking forward to the days we can "retire". We know we will be able to use that time to do HIS work and spend some time with family.
You are blessed my friend. Now the picture of the bear does concern me a little. Has he been hanging out there long? lol
Blessings and hugs,
Bren

Cindy said...

What a great photo! I hear you on wondering what is next. It's a question I'm starting to think about as the empty nest draws nearer.

Denise said...

Wise words! Too often I have tasted the sour potion of regret. It isn't pleasant. Some of us are slow learners and restless waits.

Shalom,
Denise

Beth E. said...

I admit, I am not always a patient person, but those times I have jumped ahead of the Lord were definitely filled with regret!

Rita said...

Hang in there girl, you never know what He has for you next! Sometimes we want to rush into things and then find that we should have waited. The story of my life somethimes. But when we wait upon Him, it's always good.

manthano said...

Understand the more room and itch.
Praying.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

oh, the joy of learning to sit in His presence and wait on Him...

love you so!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Here my friend is a quote I found recently that helps me, as I find myself in much the same situation...the waitin' and wonderin' just what is ahead. "The longer I live, the more faith I have in the Providence of God and the less faith I have in my interpretation of Providence." Jeremiah D

I do not know what God has for you in the coming weeks, months, and years, but this I do know, that He is using you to bless me. I learn so much from you. Keep waiting and keep blogging in the wait.

Terri Tiffany said...

I hear you! Just from the little I know of you, I can just see you waiting and ready to do the next thing in your life:)) You have so much to offer someplace and I know God will lead you there:)

Is that a real picture???

Cheryl Barker said...

A move is a huge change so maybe the Lord's just been giving you time to adjust and settle in? Whatever it is, it's comforting to know that He has His reasons for His timetable -- and it's always best, huh?

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I remember distinctly asking the Lord that very same question last spring. "What's next, Lord?" His distinct response?

"I'm next."

My response to his?

"Alrighty, then, I'm good to go."

Little did I know that He would be enough for my "next." Still is. I know he will be for you as well.

Love you.

peace~elaine

Rebecca said...

I'm with you, Kathleen. It's really a quite wonderful place to be.

As I've analyzed my (personal) restlessness, I've come to see it is primarily because 1) I'm really not "waiting", or 2) because I have a preconceived idea of the general form my answer will come in, or 3) I've neglected to recognize that "it" is right under my proverbial nose!
***
Meanwhile, looks like you've chosen a scenic place to reflect and rest your paws! :)

Diana Ferguson said...

I really needed to read this today! I have got to rest and rely on his timing in a matter that's before me.


Thanks!!