by Lygia Lovelace
Would you believe that we are
still waiting for our house in Texas to sell? We have lived
in St. Louis for almost a year now, and our house situation
is bleak. We are still living here, at the Children's Home,
as we have been allowed to live here at minimal cost, which
is such a blessing to us! But we don't want to be a burden,
and we really do want our own house. We want to begin to
put down roots here. We want to live in a neighborhood,
to have neighbor children to play with, and to hold neighborhood
Bible studies. We want a home to call our own -- to remodel,
to rearrange -- we keep praying that our house in Texas
But it just hasn't.
We have our eye on a big blue
house not too far from here. It's been for sale for quite
some time. To us, it just looks like a "Lovelace house."
We keep talking to the Father about it. It appears to have
lots of rooms. Every time we pass it, the children say,
"There's our house, Mom! It's still for sale…"
But still we keep waiting.
I never dreamed that we would still be here, in this borrowed
house, even through the summer and into a new school year!
As I open boxes and unpack just a little more, I struggle
with my attitude in persevering. I really want to pout about
this -- to fold my arms and say "Humph!" before
But more than a blue house,
our children just want a dog. Understandably so, we cannot
have a dog here, on facility grounds. So, we must wait until
we have a house and a yard of our own.
Jonah has especially been sad
"But Mom, I just want
to have a dog to play with and to take on walks. It would
be so fun! How long is it going to take to get a house of
That's a very good question,
and one I just don't have an answer to. We pray about this
daily. We are doing everything we possibly know to do to
sell that house.
But ultimately, we must wait
on the Lord. Only He can sell it. And He has chosen to wait.
So, we are waiting, too.
Are you waiting on the Lord?
Have you been praying about something for days…for weeks…for
years? Is there something that you consider to be an urgent
request, that God is still holding in His hands? For whatever
reason, He is waiting. So you must wait.
In our women's Bible study
at church, we have been traveling through the book of Joshua.
We decided months ago to embark on this journey with the
Israelites, as they moved through the completion of their
wilderness time, and into the new land of promise that God
had given them. We even chose walking sticks for the journey,
determining to go when the Lord said go, and to stay and
fight when the Lord said fight.
It has been quite a journey.
For us it has been a few months. But for the children of
Israel, it took so long! Caleb, for example, was
a young man when they started out. By the time he arrived
at the land God had given to him and his family -- he was
an old man! Grey-haired and bent over, he still proclaimed
his joy in the journey, and his faith in God as he stepped
up to the task of ridding his land of giants!
Does God's Word describe, in
great, glorious detail, how Caleb moved into the land he
had been praying for all those years? Is there chapter after
chapter describing his last days of joy and fulfillment
in the land he finally gained on earth?
No…as a matter of fact there
isn't. Caleb's story is mostly about his journey -- the
long and arduous hike through the wilderness, the steps
of obedience in following God and serving others, the faithfulness
of sweating, persevering, and aging in the midst of unfulfilled
I find that interesting, don't
Because I'm beginning to understand
that to God, it's not about the fulfillment of our requests-not
really. It's about the faith walk. It's about the waiting.
What is my attitude on the
journey when nothing is happening? How do I act when
my situation, for which I have been praying many months,
goes from bad to worse?
Hmmm…do we really have to talk
Let me tell you about Rudy.
He lives next door. The children, desperate for a playmate,
noticed him several months ago. With our permission, the
boys, especially, began talking to Rudy every day. Then,
as the weeks passed, they would sit with him in his yard,
and look up at the clouds together.
You see, Rudy is a little black
When Rudy's owner went out
of town, the boys worried about where Rudy was staying.
"I hope they treat him
"Yeah, I'll bet he misses
home. He probably wonders if he will get to come back here."
Finally one evening, Jonah
knocked on the door where Rudy lives.
"Ma'am, do you need a
dog walker?" he asked the lady next door. "I'd
be happy to walk Rudy for you every day…"
The lady graciously agreed.
I'm not sure who was smiling most -- Jonah or Rudy -- on
that first day of dog-walking! They have become fast friends,
this boy and dog! Now, whenever we pull into the driveway
in our big white van -- no matter what time of day -- if
Rudy is outside, he begins barking at Jonah furiously! It's
so cute! Rudy won't take his eyes off Jonah for even a moment
-- he is begging for his leash and his "boy"!
Rudy has brought much joy to
the Lovelace "dog-owners-in-waiting."
Rudy is a blessing to be enjoyed
while on the journey.
Have you noticed any "Rudy's"
in your life? Finding the blessings while waiting is definitely
God does want us to enjoy this
life, you know! He wants to give us the desires of our hearts.
If we sit around "pining after" that which we
don't have, our days, months, and then years will turn into
a lifetime of unfulfillment and discontent.
So the big blue house will
just have to wait.
We're waiting on the Lord.
All these people were still living by
faith when they died.
They did not receive the things promised; they only saw
them and welcomed them from a distance.
And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on
Instead, they were longing for a better country -- a heavenly
Therefore God is not ashamed to
be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:13, 16
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