wait for it

 My friend, Krystle, and I started a shop/company, Arise Shop & Designs, with the goal of honoring God through encouraging women. We personally design each tee and send the design to be printed on a tee. “Easy”.

One of our first two designs is a tee that lists the names of 4 of the most amazing women who have ever womaned before.
Ever.

Each tee has stationary that has a little prayer, scripture, & a little something about that design. This is the stationary card for this specific design. Good, right?

  

Krystle and I both write these stationary cards and it just so happened that I wrote this one. You’d think that because I wrote it I would have thought of everything surrounding each of these women’s lives and experiences in every possible way.

Wrong.

In my quiet time a couple mornings ago, I was praying and this song was on my mind. I was upset because I know & believe that all things are possible and that the power that raised Christ from the dead is still very much alive and just as powerful. Yikes, so strong. In that time, the Lord showed me that His people have always waited on Him & He has ever failed them.

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.

He reminded me of how long those men & women of Biblical times had to wait to see that amazing power of God revealed. I considered how long they had to wait for even Christ to be born and then began his ministry of teaching, leading, &  working healing and performing miracles. I considered how stinking long Hannah had to wait to become pregnant with Samuel & how difficult her circumstances were. How scared and alone Esther must have felt in the palace of a Persian king while her people were being murdered. I can’t imagine how fearful she was when she went before the King without permission and how patient she was planning the King’s feasts before she presented her request (with respect and a quiet demeanor) to save her people &  threw his “friend” right up under the bus. And, Mary. Her entire future with her future husband was in the balance & reputation shot, as she grew our Savior in her belly!! Ruth!!!!… A widow who chose to stay with her mother in law after her husband’s & brother in law’s deaths. She stayed in a foreign country after she sister in law chose to return home. How loyal. Never knowing how ends were going to be met or what her future held, she waited.

John 10:10
The theif’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy.
My purpose is to give them a life & a life more abundantly. 

These women chose to trust and wait. They chose to respond to their circumstances with a dignity and grace that I’m sure caused others around them to respect and honor them, just as we do now. They listened to wisdom, they were courageous and strong, they took chances and risks that were out of obedience. And, the outcome was greater than they had to have expected – life. A blessed and my-cup-runneth-over kind of life. Not only for them but for generations to come because they “simply” obeyed!

We won’t ever find out in this life if they ever lost their cool or said things they shouldn’t have. We know they were hurting, sad, afraid, unsure, dependent. I’m sure they had their moments. They were people, women mind you and we know how we are! So, they probably thought their odds of surviving, bouncing bad after a setback, or getting what they wanted were slim; but they still chose to hope in our Lord.

Romans 5:3-5
Not only so, but we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And, this hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love was poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit ,who was given to us.

Even though it took 33 years for the Lord to raise our Savior, he was with us.
It looked very different, but He was still very much leading, guiding, & preparing us.

So, now, while we’re in wait: The time is going to pass anyway. We just have to decide how we are going to spend those days, weeks, and years. THANKFULLY, the Lord’s presence is very different now than it was before our savior was raised from the dead. That presence comforts us, heals our hearts, hides us under his wings, & blesses us with all the wisdom we are bold enough to ask for. He offers us peace & a love that draws us close. A peace that allows us to mature spiritually, gain wisdom, and respond to life in a way that glorifies him.

So, sister. Until the Lord’s raise-my-son-from-the-dead power is shown, how will you wait?

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Comments

  1. Love the concept of your shop!

    (Psst- Naomi was Ruth’s MIL)

  2. Love the tees and the post (much needed)!

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