Final Answer… Finally!

Are you good at waiting?

I don’t mean waiting tables… I’m talking bout the waiting that requires patience. Perseverance. Persistence.

Honestly, it’s not my forte.

I remember the days of my youth that I would spend WAITING for an answer– perhaps from my parents about attending a sleepover… or an answer from a scholarship committee… or a grade to come back on a test.

Waiting was painful. I would say that it was the equivalent to watching paint dry or grass grow– but at least those activities I had a general idea of what the outcome would be.

I also remember the times of waiting for a final answer  when my patience ran out (what little there was to start with!) and I took things into my own hands.

Rarely (ok, almost never) did it turn out well. I usually ended up disappointed. Stressed. Embarrassed. Or in the case of waiting for answers from the parents– grounded.

Good times. Not.

In adulthood, we are often faced with the challenge of waiting for “big” answers… Waiting those two minutes for that test to turn pink/blue/two lines/happy face/etc to determine if parenthood is in your nearish future. Or waiting for that job callback. Or waiting for payday. Or waiting for a call from the doctor with some test results that you never thought you would have to face. Or waiting for… Well, you can fill in your own blank.

We wait for that final answer. And when it FINALLY arrives– Relief, glee or sadness fill our hearts, depending on what that answer is…

Yep, it's not this easy, folks. Nice try, though.

Yep, it’s not this easy, folks. Nice try, though.

One of my favorite quotes about this waiting game is by Henry Blackaby: “Waiting is one of the hardest yet most important things we will ever do as Christians.”

Ain’t that the truth!?!?!?

My hubby and I have been contestants in this challenging “Waiting Game” for many months now… Recently, we have received some EXTREMELY profound (AND EXCITING!) answers– Finally. But before we get to it, here are a few lessons we have learned in the process and would like to share with you…

Remember, when you are waiting for that “Final Answer” from God…

1. He is Sovereign over ALL. No circumstances, feelings, or worldly influence has the ultimate and final say in what happens… yes, our choices can sure influence the outcome, but ultimately, God has control over it all.

2. He will NOT forget about you. Yes, He has billions of children to watch over– but God is the ultimate multitasker. Just because an answer is taking longer than YOU think it should take, know that He hasn’t forgotten about you… You don’t fall through the cracks or get erased from His Heavenly planner or iCalendar. And on that note…

3. His timing is PERFECT. He sees the big picture. He knows in what ways/areas you need to grow. Hang in there and keep praying.

4. He ALWAYS answers. It might not be yes… it could be “No” or “Not Yet” or “I have something better in mind.” After all, we are only human and can only see/understand/control so much. When we are faced with an answer that we may or may not be thrilled about, we have three words for you: TRUST, TRUST, TRUST.

Over the last year or so, God has written these truths on our hearts. We have been hoping, praying, waiting for answers for months… We have fallen short several times– but God never gave up on us.

He gave us answers. We are overwhelmed with His peace.

Today, we invite you to celebrate with us as we receive those semi-final answers– FINALLY!

We have been waiting to become parents– and while we still have a few short weeks to go, it looks like this is really going to happen for us. Thank you, Jesus!

We have been waiting for my Beloved to get picked up for promotion… And as of  January 1st, 2013, I am now married to a Sergeant First Class with the United States Infantry. Congrats, darling– I am SO proud of you!!

We have been waiting for orders for our new duty station… This has been a faith-growing experience, since the Army rules kept changing over the last several months as to when we may or may not know where we are headed next. Plus, a majority of Brandon’s peers had orders before us and we have been fighting the voices of this world to “Take control” and “Make things happen.” God told us to wait. It was hard. But we did.

And now we have an answer. In mid-summer 2013, we shall be relocating to Fort Lewis, Washington. That’s right. Washington state. 2,800 miles from our current home. The land of mountains, rain and raspberries. (And coffee. And seafood. And lots of other cool stuff!)

We couldn’t be more thrilled! Thank you, Jesus for this answer!

What are you waiting for today? Do you struggle with waiting? How do you cope? We would love to hear from you– comment below.

So yes, my sweet readers– waiting is one of the hardest things we will ever do as followers of Jesus… But as we wait to finally receive that answer, remember– waiting is also one of the most important things we could ever do for Him. In Him. With Him.

Worth the Wait,

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

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12 thoughts on “Final Answer… Finally!

  1. Susan Haerr

    Amen and amen! Also a BIG congratulations to Brandon and the beautiful wife behind the scenes empowering him! Your Haerr cousins are very proud of you both.

    • Thanks, Susan. That means SO MUCH to both of us… We are so, soooo excited for this year– even if it is gonna be a snow-globe shake up experience for the first few months. Our hearts overflow with Him!

  2. Jackie Davis

    God has blessed you greatly with your next duty station! You wil absolutely love it. We came from Ft. Lewis and, honestly, we get homesick for WA more than we do for our own home state. If you guys have any questions or need help/suggestions on anything, let me know… Well be glad to help 🙂 an also, I’m a little sad to see you move away 😦

    • I know, right? It is so funny to tell people where we are going next– and watch them try to keep a neutral face/wrinkling their nose til they realize how thrilled we are, ha ha! So encouraged that you get homesick for Lewis– that just sets my heart ablaze!

      Oh. And I will definitely be seeking you out for advice. 🙂

      The only tough thing about this transition is the fact that we are leaving our CCC family… I started to get a little gushy bout it yesterday during worship… but alas, tis the army life. God brought us here for a season– and now is opening a new chapter. Trusting Him through it all (and refusing to worry about the details in the meantime.)

      Blessings to you, my friend!!!

  3. Congratulations, and congratulations!! I have a permanent alert for low-cost air tickets to Seattle, since I first visited loved ones at Fort Lewis back in the late 90’s. So glad I will know another military family there again!! Hugs to you all, and enjoy this great adventure of life together.

  4. Congratulations and the wait is worth it – even when it seems SOooo long. Some things can’t be rushed. Patience is a learned process and inorder to learn it, we must go through “trials.” Thank you for sharing your lovely story at “Tell Me a Story.”

    • I totally agree, Hazel– its a growing process– and I can’t wait (there I go again, being all impatient!) to see how God grows us in this next season of life.

  5. Ha!
    That is my scripture!!! My ultimate cling-to scripture.
    Glad to hear things are working out.

    • It’s one of my fav Scripture’s too– it always resurfaces JUST at the moment I need it. Thanks again for popping in to say hi, Jenn! Blessings to ya.

  6. Well… I lived in Tacoma for quite a number of years[ both as a newborn baby and a youngish-adult] and have definitely known the Ft. Lewis people. Hope you will like it in that area. Can be challenging, can be fun. When I’m out visiting family from my present location … Omaha … I’m always rejoicing when I have a chance to see Mt. Rainier and go to the Puget Sound area, play in Waterfront Seattle area, hit the ocean, etc. I hope it’s a blessing for you. Have been so involved in so much out there over the years — I ain’t a young ‘un — and never leave w/o joy. Spiritually it can be a bit challenging, but God is Bigger. Happy for you. I MIGHT be out there visiting about the same time it becomes your “home”. I’ll think of you when I’m out and will be hopeful that you are rejoicing.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, Joanne. We’ve heard about some of the differences of that area of the world, but are so excited (and confident) that God has equipped us for it… Looking forward to all of the great surprises and challenges that await!

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