Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Waiting

As most of you readers know, we are planning to move from Louisville to Pearland, TX any day now to help with a church plant there. Or at least that's what we've been saying for about the past 6 weeks. And we are no closer to knowing when we will move now than we were 6 weeks ago. We are just waiting. Specifically, we are waiting for Dave to get a job there.

It's a very strange thing to be in such a waiting period. Everything feels temporary. It's hard not to completely disengage from life in Louisville, even though we may still be here for a bit longer. It's hard to fight against discontentment when we want so badly to be somewhere other than where we are. (I know it will be equally hard to fight against discontentment when we finally do get to Pearland and begin missing Louisville.) Each week that passes with still no news on the job front provides fresh temptation for discouragement and restlessness. This is fresh on my heart today because the church plant, Covenant Community Church, is having a core group meeting tomorrow night with the biggest number yet of people interested in being a part of the church. This is very exciting evidence of the Lord's grace! And yet, Dave and I are sad to not be able to be there and participate in this meeting of this new community. Our hearts are in Pearland but we are still here in Louisville.

Because we trust in a sovereign and good God, we know that He has purposed to keep us here in Louisville for now. We know that we are not ultimately waiting on a job, but we are ultimately waiting on the Lord. We are waiting on Him to provide the means for us to move, and if He desires for us to be in Pearland at Covenant Community Church, He will indeed make a way for us to get there.

Waiting on the Lord does not come easily to me. I want to take matters into my own hands and charge ahead, in effect, communicating to God that I know better than Him and my ways are better than His. How foolish this is! Rather than give full vent to my discontent heart and take matters into my own hands, my prayer is that I would do as the Psalmist says, and "Wait on the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait on the Lord!" (Ps. 27:14) May the Lord give Dave and me mercy and grace to wait on Him today.

4 comments:

Chad & Amber said...

Dave and Maggie,

You have been on our hearts quite a bit as we along with you anticipate your move to Texas. We rejoice with you as you begin this new chapter in the life of your family and the life of Covenant. We are praying for you as "waiting" is close to our hearts and we identify in the feelings of anxiousness and frustration along with you. Looking back, I now see the Lord was gracious and taught us much more "in the waiting" than in the "arrival" we were so despertly waiting for. The more "we worshiped in the waiting," the more we were glad to be in that place.Praying Gods peace over your home. Love you both!
The Rollins

Maggie Ainsworth said...

Thanks for your sweet encouragement, Amber. You and Chad are truly a model to us of waiting on the Lord and worshipping Him in the waiting. We love you guys too!

Todd, Ariana and Caylah said...

I didn't know y'all were moving! I'm glad to see you'll be moving to the promised land :) As a Texas girl I'm a bit jealous! I'll be praying for y'all as you wait for the Lord's timing and also for the transition. Keep us updated!

Maggie Ainsworth said...

Thanks Ariana! I appreciate your prayers!