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Reframing Waiting

 





By Deacon Tammy Devine

ELCA Wellness Manager
August 2018


“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

I have been reminded often that God’s timing is perfect, but God’s timing and my own do not always align. This summer has been a season of discernment for me. As I waited for the crosswalk at a busy street corner recently, even the signal seemed to mock my lack of clarity. “Wait. Wait. Wait.”, it intoned. Already frustrated and impatient with God’s slow response to my cry for help, I said aloud, “Really?” I couldn’t believe I was hearing this message even at the stoplight!

In an effort to embrace God’s time, I took to my spiritual discipline of painting. Upon completion of a recent work, my 14-year-old grandson wrapped his arms around me, offered his interpretation, and pronounced, “I think that’s patience.” His insight began to reframe what the message “wait” might mean. Perhaps God is saying to me, “As you wait, I am doing something new.”

My spiritual director reminded me that it is often through our most difficult challenges that we have the opportunity to experience the most growth. Yet we cannot always control that growth process. She used the example of a butterfly. If it is not allowed to break out of the chrysalis on its own, it will not be strong enough to fly. Sometimes a simple change in attitude can transform our outlook. As you wait, ask yourself what you may still need to grow. Maybe more trust, more faithfulness, or more patience? If there is a struggle that seems to be building your resilience muscle these days, take heart. May you be patient, courageous, and strong as you wait for the Lord!




Tammy Devine's monthly reflection invites you to consider how your faith and health are intertwined. She shares her personal journey to help support you in new ways as you strive to live well in Christ — for the sake of ministry in God’s world. ELCA organizations, feel free to print or link to Tammy’s reflections in your publications.

Since joining Portico in 2004, Tammy has provided whole-person health promotion, education, and inspiration to ELCA rostered leaders and lay employees. Contact Tammy Devine at livewell@PorticoBenefits.org.

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