Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Peace is an Answer

Lord, please help our house to sell. My heart utters this desperate prayer.

Wait, Beloved.

And then I spend my days in worry, letting it curve my back with its cumbrance, feeling the lines in my forehead furrow like the surface of a mature cabbage.

Wait? What does that mean? Isn't that what I am already doing? Just once, I wish You would give me an answer I can see.

Then You.

You linger nearby. I know this, for I offer perfunctory prayers throughout my days; mindless words beseeching You for help finding a box in the garage - one among the dozens - and finding myself directed to it immediately. Realizing I have forgotten an ingredient for the party I am holding for eleven women tonight, casting a frantic prayer heavenward, and finding an unlikely extra in the freezer.

Some may say coincidence.

But I say it's You.

Reminding me that You're here. Calling me to come, walk across the water; only when I sink, you simply cup my chin with Your hand and hold it above the surface. It isn't divine deliverance that keeps me afloat, it's the everyday graces.

Peace comes, covering my worry. You're still here, in the details.

Wait.

So I shall.



He directed me here early this morning. I spoke the words aloud, and I will speak them again tomorrow.

For now, peace is my answer. I can see it. Can you?

23 fellow travelers shared:

A said...

Ahhh, He loves us so! It's hard to wait though! My epiphany as of late: God's will is for you to wait right now. Christ prayed a prayer that basically said- should I ask God to take this away? This is why I'm here, this is God's will for me. No, may I bring Glory to God!

I hope God sells it quickly, and that either way you are able to glorify God!

A

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

Everywhere, there He is, Peace, everywhere.

You write Him, girl! And I swirl in praise to Your Maker.

Warmly,
All's grace,
Ann

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

P.S. Do you sing Ps. 34? I'll join you today, sweet friend; we'll sing together, as we wait, and Peace comes, and He takes care of all these things: house buyers, and boxes and everyday graces.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog last week and it's already one of my favorites. Thank you so much for so beautifully and eloquently expressing God's love for us and our relationship with Him. Your blog entries fill me with warm reminders of His mercy and strengthen me for the day.

Beka said...

Yes, dear friend, peace IS an answer. For even when it is not His will to give us what we have been asking for, He gives overflowing peace to us as we wait.

I'll be praying that your house will sell very soon, and that He will keep that peace flowing as you wait.

And Psalm 34 is very dear to my heart. I think I will read it aloud this morning, too.

Munchkin Land said...

I just love it when He answers us in such a concrete way. =) Amazing! I'll keep your house in my prayers.

When I came here this morning, Gratitude by Nichole Nordeman was playing and it made me cry. My sisters and I just sang this song at my aunt's funeral last Friday. The words are just beautiful...

Tracy said...

I can see it. I see HIM everywhere in the details. It's amazing how He knows just what we need and when. As always, your post is beautiful, and cause a feeling of worship deep in my soul.

Andrea said...

elise
Hang on to His peace.
He *knows* and *cares*...he is *working*.
love you,
a.

Cindi said...

Elise, I will pray also for your house to sell. I know how hard it is to wait on Him. Oh, the frailty of our human nature.

Stacy said...

Elise,
Praying for your house to sell. And praying that you will continue to find Him in the midst of the boxes.
Love to you,
Stacy

TaunaLen said...

Yes, you do write Him. Thank you for Psalm 34 today. Just another reminder in my kitchen that He is here. Changes are happening in the heart of my daughter. Slow and steady, God is working. I pray you find Him over your shoulder at every turn.
With love,
~TaunaLen

Mindy said...

You are awesome Elise. I truly feel like I have found a good friend in you. I am jealous that Andrea got to meet you in real life!! Thanks for joining me in prayer for this family. I just can't imagine. And thanks for praying for me, seems so silly compared to tragedy all around us. But I know He cares about the little things as well. I will be praying for you as well about your house, we have been there. We moved for a ministry position with our house still on the market. I am confident that if we are following his leading, which I know you are with this move, He will take care of the details. It doesn't always look how we would have planned, but His plans are better. You are such an encouragement to many. Blesings to you and your family.

Mindy said...

I guess I shouldn't say "real life," because this is real life. but you know what I mean!

Maxine said...

Oh my goodness. The everyday graces. I received them yesterday, they were given again today, and no doubt, I'll have them tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder--that's all I will say.

Amy said...

"It isn't divine deliverance that keeps me afloat, it's the everyday graces."

This is so great, Elise! I love how you articulated this...wonderful and truer than true!

schnuckiputzi said...

Thanks for your caring comments -- and I'm praying for your house to sell! Been there, prayed through that. God will show his miraculous Lovingkindness through this.

Beverly said...

Elise,
I know I commented here ... but it must not have saved properly. This happens to me frequently :-)

My dear Elise, I am praying for you and with you that your house will sell.

What wonderful words to meditate on amid the confusion of boxes and the worries about the logistics of your move. He is ever faithful, is He not?

Praying for continued peace for my dear friend who always reminds me of His words.

Susan said...

Dear Elise,

Just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed coming to your beautiful blog!

I just LOVE the song you have playing, and ll the ones you have selected.

So nice to meet you!

Hope your house sells soon.

God bless you,

Susan

Sarah said...

"I have something for you...too!" Sarah says in a sing-song voice:)

The Mom of 'em said...

It is 1:29 p.m. on Sunday...the Sunday of our FOURTH Open House...and I"m sitting here waiting, WAITING for a potential buyer to come inside - to view the house I"ve cleaned and cleaned - to make an offer so that we can move and get settled before our baby is born in a couple months. And I'm growing more anxious by the minute...and then look what I found (I...ha....look where I was led I should say.) Sigh. Thank you for your post. WAIT. Be still...and WAIT. I get it. =-)

Laura said...

I can so relate, my dear sister. We have boxes at about 3 different locations right now and just the other day He lead me to just the one I needed. Praying for your house to sell as well.
And so sorry to hear about your nail-ouch! Hope it's all better now.

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Hi Elise,

I loved this post. And youve just been qouted again m'dear : ) What you said was so deeply true, "It isn't divine deliverance that keeps me afloat, it's the everyday graces."

Paix,

Wendy

henryteachers said...

May you gain the peace and patience you need as this time of trying to sell your home. It is hard to see the big picture, but trusting in him and prayer is definitely the answer. One of my favorite scriptures:
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

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