the wait.

leavesSitting in the sunroom one day last week, looking out at the snow, brought to mind the word “dormant.” There are people in the world who prepare for the next year in December, but I never have. January, with snow and cold outside, and cozy and warm inside, seem the perfect time to head into the year for me. The perfect time to be dormant. Quiet, yet with God.

Dormant is waiting—things go a little slower. Suspended from action. Even hidden from view.

Jesus waited for the Lord’s timing to enter ministry and was graced with a 3-year adventure that we still talk about 2,000 years later. Jesus waited for the Father’s voice to go and “healed all.” Jesus waited to be full of Holy Spirit before destroying the works of the enemy—with power. Jesus spent time being with, and waiting on, Father God before doing. Face in the clouds, even (Luke 9:34 again).

We all want everything right now. I would hardly describe myself as a patient person, but the last thing I want is power without the foundation of waiting and being. My love without a demonstration of His love. Jesus without majesty and awe.

All this to say—enjoy dormant. Enjoy winter. Enjoy quiet. Enjoy chatting with the Lord. Enjoy His presence. Enjoy watching for what the Lord wants to do and where He would have us go.

In closing—think “in joy” when you read “enjoy…” We can wait, and the waiting will be over before we know it!

Only believe.

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

”For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3


Pin Oaks keep their leaves during the winter,
only to be pushed out by new buds in the spring.

susan b kemnitz • Design Studios, Inc.

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