Song of the Month: “In the Waiting”

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There’s something about this time of year that takes me back. Back to the days when the longing of my heart went unfulfilled for far longer than I ever expected.

Three years of infertility plus almost two years of waiting to complete our first adoption equals, well, a very long time. It usually seems like a distant memory, but when Mother’s Day rolls around, I can’t help but remember.

I remember what it’s like to be the waiting one, the one who doesn’t know how this particular chapter of her story is going to turn out. As I shared last May, I remember, and my heart aches for those who are there now.

But it also aches for anyone in the waiting room—that lonely place where time drags, dreams dry out, expectations topple like slow-motion dominoes … and growth happens.

It’s true, this Richard Hendricks quote from “Second only to suffering, waiting may be the greatest teacher and trainer in godliness, maturity, and genuine spirituality most of us ever encounter.”

When Randy and I were waiting to become parents all those years ago, there was one particular song that poignantly expressed much of what was going on in my heart and mind during that uncertain season.

If you’re in the waiting room today—for any reason at all—this one’s for you: “In the Waiting,” by Greg Long.

Lois Flowers

P.S. I’m linking up this week with Dawn Klinge at Grace & Truth and Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart.

6 Responses to Song of the Month: “In the Waiting”

  1. Christi Gee says:

    Sweet friend ~ I have been savoring your words in my inbox for months, unable to prioritize time to visit and comment. You just never know who you are reaching, and I hope you know you reach me.

    Your stories of your waiting and raw honesty about both your pain and our good, faithful, sustaining God display truth in such a beautiful way.

    I am blessed to ‘know’ you and intersect bits, bytes, and brain cells now and then.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Thank you, dear Christi! The feelings are mutual! And how did you know I needed your kind encouragement this very week? I hope you have a blessed and joyful Mother’s Day!

  2. Trudy says:

    This song touches my heart, Lois. Waiting is so hard, isn’t it? “Time to let it go and just be…” “I wanna feel Your arms as they surround me. Let me know that it’s ok…” Thank you for this encouragement, my friend. Hugs!

  3. Linda Stoll says:

    Well, no one’s described the waiting room quite like you have, friend.

    ‘the waiting room—that lonely place where time drags, dreams dry out, expectations topple like slow-motion dominoes … and growth happens.’

    that’s a keeper, pure and simple. it’s good to know we’re in good company while we dwell in that sometimes scary place …

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Thanks, Linda! For me, the scariest waits are those with an undetermined outcome. I guess that’s an opportunity for growth to happen in the trust department, huh?

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