Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waiting with my people

We're in that stage where the tests are coming back inconclusive and the way ahead is to wait and pray.  As we go through our third day of staying by Gina's bedside, I've been thinking about two things. 

1. I was reading through the Psalms this morning, thinking about the wait.  We wait for Gina to wake up.  We wait for the test results.  We wait to see the doctors.  We wait in the waiting room.  We wait for the public bathroom at the hospital.  We wait for cars from the parking garage.  There's been a lot of waiting in our lives.  This morning I was struck by the idea of not only waiting on these physical things, but waiting on the Lord.  We're waiting to see how He will work.  We're waiting to see Him perform a miracle.  We're waiting for Him to show us His will. 
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

2. At our wedding, a friend read Ruth's pledge to Naomi: "Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God."  In the midst of waiting, I've become acutely more aware of how marrying a man makes his family into your people.  My people used to consist of my blood family and my dear friends.  My heart has grown to include new people into my group.  Some I've known for a long time, some less time, some to a greater degree, and some to a lesser degree - but they're all my people.  I carry their hearts in my heart.  I grieve with them.  I love them.
 So today, I wait with my people.  Please continue to pray.


  1. I love that verse- it was read at our wedding too. Continuing to pray for you and keep you in my thoughts (hugs)!

  2. Wow, just got caught up on your blog. Ben and I are thinking of you both and keeping Jason's Mom in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  3. I feel like God has been teaching me to wait a lot lately albeit in a VERY VERY different context. Thinking and praying about you too here in NYC. Lots of love.

  4. Keeping you and the family in my thoughts and hoping for the best. (Hugs).