Well it has been a long time between posts and a lot of that has been taken up by the pandemic which ultimately redefined waiting in ways that we never knew were possible! Waiting to get out of lockdown, waiting on test results, waiting to travel, waiting to see family and friends, waiting to return to work, waiting to take our masks off, waiting for a cure, waiting for this whole thing to be over. I don’t think we have ever been united in waiting in the way we have over the past 18 months.
It has been an incredible time. Upsetting, traumatising, awakening, fascinating, testing, trying and everything in between. I have been separated from friends and family by border restrictions, but found new friends in my home in the Middle East that I would never have met if this hadn’t happened. The Lord has guided me and helped me in my work and plans and life. I was baptised in my swimming pool and I can honestly say in some real ways the lockdown or really lock has been used by God to bless me in so many unexpected ways! He has built my courage, restored my confidence and literally given me streams in the desert. It has been hard, I lost both my grandparents and could not attend their funerals. But it has been profound and in a way it has given me a new perspective on waiting that I have not appreciated before.
More to say in the next post but for now my prayer for all of you is that God would show the blessings of this time and that you would see with fresh eyes the many ways that He has helped you and brought you through.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31