Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lady in Waiting Again!

Our bags have been packed for weeks. The laundry room is crowded with things we need to put in the car as soon as we receive the phone call that the baby is on the way. My little greenhouse is full of seedlings almost ready to place in the garden beds, including the plants we started here for my son's garden in Pennsylvania. Those plants will also need to be put in the car to take north when the baby comes!

And we wait! And pray! And wonder-- should I go ahead and soak my bread to make tomorrow? What if the call comes and I am in the middle of making bread? Do we have time to plant the windbreak trees we bought the other day? We have not finished getting the garden beds readied for planting-- we should have already planted the beets and Swiss chard!

Sometimes waiting makes me listless and unable to start a project for fear it will not be finished. Then again, I madly started painting the bathroom and managed to get it done-- but still no call!

The words from Ecclesiastes 9:10 come to mind: "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."

There IS time to clean out a drawer, time to straighten the living room, time to put clean sheets on the bed, time to write someone a thank you note or send a birthday card. Oh! I can also do (fill in the blank)! Make a list of things that can be done in 5 or 10 minutes, and check them off as they are accomplished! It is amazing what all CAN be done while we are waiting for a big event, like the birth of our 24th grandchild, Josiah!

We can continue waiting with joy, knowing we have used our time productively, and the baby WILL eventually arrive!

Ps 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.