Meredith is a perfectly imperfect Daughter of the King, wife to her Cattle Man and “Mama” to two littles ages 3 and 6. After running from God and past sins for too long, she was rescued, redeemed and baptized while 9 months pregnant with her son. After giving up her “stay-on-the-road” job for her “stay-on-the-farm” dream, she now uses the passion God has given her to encourage others through her Lens and her Pen. She tries not to take herself or anyone else too seriously and enjoys time on the farm homeschooling and in her kitchen cooking; but mostly she enjoys eating. Follow her #merdiemoments, kitchen mishaps, days raking hay and chasing God-Sized dreams on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
“Wait passionately for God,
don’t leave the path.
He’ll give you your place in the sun
while you watch the wicked lose it.”
For all of the words that I have in my vocabulary, (both real and made up), some never get used together. Ever. So when I read this scripture in Psalms and see “wait” and “passionately” living in harmony next to one another, I have to take a step back…and dig in.
I have a hard enough time waiting. For anything. Evidently this trait has been passed along to my “Mini-Me,” who wants everything “when she wants it” and no later. Yeah, that has led to some serious Come-to-Jesus moments in this house.
On the flip side, I don’t have a hard time being passionate about many things. When it comes to something I really want and feel like I, or my family, really needs, I can draw from all sorts of passion to make it happen.
But waiting passionately isn’t something I’ve ever been good at. I can’t even say it’s something I’ve ever tried. But what if…?
What have I missed out on because I haven’t waited on God with the same passion I’ve felt when I’ve told Him so many times I needed Him to do something, without waiting long enough for Him to give me an answer? To give me His answer.
Maybe God knew what He was doing putting these two words side-by-side…you think?
As surely as God gives us passions to pursue, He is surely able to see them through.
The problem for us comes in the waiting. The problem is in the wanting these dreams now…or yesterday. Our gaze gets diverted from Him, and we veer off the path that leads to their fulfillment…in Him.
God has promised to give us our place in the sun and keep the wicked from it. This promise is based on the premise that we will walk and wait passionately on the path He has set.
So, how can we passionately pursue our dreams His way this year?
1. Wait passionately.
By waiting for Him with the same zeal we have to see our desires fulfilled, we will be better equipped to live our passions out in a Godly way, because in the waiting He grows us. And in the waiting, we get to know Him.
2. Stay on the path.
When we pursue our God-given passions and keep our eyes fixed on the Giver of them, we set ourselves up to have Him fulfill them. In His time, His will, and His way.
When we take things into our own hands and go our own way, we inevitably fall and fail, because we can’t see what’s around the bend the way He can. God never makes a wrong move.
3. Embrace our place in the Son.
In order to be prepared for our coming place in the sun, we must first embrace our place in the Son.
When we live fully in the Son, we can see clearly where His light is leading.
Friend, we are on this road of passionate waiting together, and I’m excited to start doing both this year.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have a dream or passion you’re pursuing? How do you handle the waiting?
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