Oct 10, 2013

The Waiting..

If you follow me on instagram you know that last night I had another MRI done of my brain.  This was a follow up from my 6 month scan post surgery.  The scan in July showed mixed news.  The good news was that there was no new defined formation of a tumor present!!! Woohoo! The worrisome news was that there was an area that showed up on the scan, but my doctor couldn't tell if it was just residual (scar tissue) or the tumor trying to reform.  So I was told to wait things out for three months and have a follow up scan.

Luckily, my major symptoms that led up to my surgery have not reoccurred and after recent blood work, I learned that my prolactin levels were perfect!  Praise God!  Even still, it's been hard not to worry and wonder if there's something "more" that would show up in this month's scan. Any little headache I would get or pain freaked me out and I kept questioning what was going on in that brain of mine. 

Unfortunately, I won't find out for another week or so the results of my MRI.  That "waiting" period can be oh so hard.  If you know me, you know, that I just don't do those "waiting" periods very well.  I tend to let them consume me.  Kristin and waiting just aren't a good mix.  Simply put.

Recently, I've been contemplating on what it means to praise and trust God in "the waiting."  You might even find yourself, today, in that waiting period.  Are you waiting on medical test results, a call for a job interview, an exam score, a phone call from a friend, the next paycheck to cover your bills, or maybe an email from your boss?  Well, I have some encouragement for you.

Today, I wanted to share the lyrics to a song by John Waller who is a Christian artist.  To me, his song, "While I'm Waiting," just perfectly sums up what "the waiting" period should look like.  If you want to listen to the song, go here.


How awesome are those lyrics?  Imagine how much your life would change if  while you wait, you chose to remain peaceful and faithful?  What if you continued to worship,  and serve God through the waiting?  How much would your life change if you remained hopeful and obedient to God while you waited?
 
I know for me, this would mean a lot less time spent worrying and stressing on "results" that are ultimately out of my control anyway.  I can't tell you how many hours I've spent over the years worrying and stressing through the "waiting" process.  It's exhausting and generally the "waiting" periods in my life are a time where I feel the most separated from God.  That's not at all what God wants that time to be!
 
God wants those "waiting" periods to be times where, like John's song says, we continue to worship, serve, remain hopeful and run the race!  The well known verse from Isaiah 40:31 tells us, "But they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."  The "waiting" is a time for renewal and restoration, not of exhaustion and depletion.
 
I encourage you today, if you are in a time of "waiting" to challenge yourself.  Instead of allowing yourself to become worried and stressed, find a way to worship, serve and remain peaceful, for "..the Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him." (Lamentations 3:25) 

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