I Will Wait

This morning, the tree outside my window greeted me with new buds and a few little flowers. These buds were not visible yesterday, but because winter has passed and we are now officially into spring, I knew they were coming.

It is a recent discovery of mine that the seemingly desolate and quiet season of winter in necessary to make room for the new life and growth in spring. Which then, in turn, opens the door for flourishing in summer and a bountiful harvest in fall. Each season has its own benefits and elements of preparation for the next. You cannot experience the flourishing and the harvesting of summer and fall, without first walking through the resting and growing of winter and spring.

And how true this is in our own lives as well! By reflecting on each of the seasons happening around me, I can see how seasons in my personal life are preparing me for the next. I know that new life and growth are coming but sometimes I can’t see it for the cold, dreary days that I’m walking through at the time.

So, I wait.

I wait through the darkness of night, and I know the morning light will come. I wait through the winter until I feel spring coming on. I wait through the hard days of wanting it NOW.

And that darkness—that winter season—it really is hard.

But far too often I want to cease working and just sit in my season of waiting. I long for rest, so I view my call to wait as an excuse to be lazy. I sleep in. I lounge around. I binge watch Netflix, and I silently decide to hunker down until this season of waiting has passed. 

Friends, waiting is not a passive season. This is active preparation. Jesus invites us to participate in our waiting. He invites us to take action in our quiet, “winter” times of resting. He asks us to prepare for what is ahead, to trust that “in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9). 

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If you find yourself in a season of waiting like I have, I pray that you do not come to a stagnant stop. I pray that you will not grow tired of doing good. I pray that you will never lose sight of the seasons to come, and I pray that you can learn to actively wait in the meantime.

All my love,
Sarah


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To the Ones We've Lost

While this is written with specific mentions of my friend, I am sure many of us have felt similar feelings of grief and loss. I hope you can connect with my words.

I miss you, friend. I miss reliving our memories and retelling our inside jokes. I miss studying God’s word with you. I miss seeing your smile from across the room. I miss your warm hugs. I miss your voice and your sweet songs that still bring me to tears.

I haven't forgotten you. I think of you every day, and when I remember how much you loved the Lord, I am grateful for your influence on my life. I wish things were different, but I know that our time together changed me.

In our time together, you taught me that Jesus is the greatest thing we can discover in this life. You taught me to never be afraid to take chances. You taught me to love unconditionally and to take others in without hesitation.

Then you showed me that by walking through grief, we could find healing. You showed me that our words of His goodness could ring true even after we're gone.

And now, you remind me to live and keep living to the fullest. You remind me that this life is short, but we can do great things with it when we try. You remind me to choose joy and to keep choosing joy when things are scary or hard. 

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I know my life would have been very different without you in it. I wouldn’t have loved as well, or sang as loudly, or laughed as hard.

I’m better for knowing you. I’m better for loving you and learning from you. And I miss you, but I think I’m better for that too. Now I know that pain may stay for the night, but His joy comes in the morning. 

In Him,
Sarah

PS - There is a tree that I drive by on my way home from work each day, and in the wintertime, when all the leaves are gone, there's one branch that looks like a heart if you look at just the right time. I'd driven past this tree for more than six months before I noticed that little heart tucked away. It was a particularly hard day – cold and dreary, with a million things to do. I was questioning the purpose of this season, but there it was. That heart. I knew it from the second I spotted it. That was your heart, tucked away in the Lord’s beautiful creation. Thank you for showing me the beauty in this world, even now.


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To My Anxious Friends

My dear friend,

I could tell you that you’re going to be okay, that everything will work out. I could tell you that you just have to push through and get over it. I could tell you that it’s “healthy” to fear and watch our back.

But friends tell friends the truth, so here it goes.

You have every reason to be anxious! Your feelings are valid. Life is scary and messy and ugly and mean. The world is chaotic and overwhelming and lost.

I write this because I know where you are. I know you’re hurting. I hurt too. I mourn the loss and the pain. I question what the future holds. I cry. I wonder how anything good could possibly come from the destruction we see in every corner of the world.

But friend, I also want you to know that you are not alone. You are seen. You are heard. You have people around you that care about you and feel your hurt. The truth is, you can do good for the world if you set your mind to it.

And that’s not at all, sweet friend. This life is not the end, and this world is not our home. Jesus has gone before us. He paved the path, and though the path can get rocky or buried deep in the mess, it’s still there. He still guides our days. He still plans our steps.

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So, I could tell you that everything will work out, but if you trust Him, you already know that He’s worked everything out for your good. I could tell you that you just have to get over it, but instead I’ll assure you that He’s already gotten through it for us. I could tell you that it’s healthy to fear, but He tells us that there is no fear in love.

Sweet friend, lean on Him and give yourself grace. It’s okay to not be okay for now. Just know that He’s got this, and He’s got you.

All my love,
Sarah


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