When we wait with God, we can give him our tears.
You may have a hurt that will never, ever be healed in this lifetime, and I will never minimize the longing that feels as if it could break you in two before this life is through. Don’t hide your tears. While you are in the darkness, while you are waiting, plant seeds with your tears. Be honest with the Lord. Let them pour. Let them go. Trust the Lord to keep them, just as he promised.
When we give him our tears, not a single one is wasted. He will restore you. He is faithful. His loving-kindness will never end. He is for you. And he is on your side.
There is always work to be done in the waiting. Sometimes the work is hands-on and physical, and other times it is a solitary journey of soul-searching. Sometimes the work is a discipline of noticing, a practice of being alert and aware. Sometimes it is about being patient, loving, and present.
But when we choose to surrender to the moment, when we seek to believe this moment is part of a larger story, and when we embrace the ache of the longing, the wait is never worthless.
Don’t let this time of waiting be wasted. Sow your seeds.
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Tricia Lott Williford is a remarried widow, writer, teacher, reader, thinker, and author of four books including Just. You. Wait.Thousands of people join her each morning for a cup of coffee as they sign online to read today's funny, poignant stories that capture the fleeting moments of life. Tricia lives near Denver, Colorado, with her husband and two sons, and right this moment she is probably doodling in the margins of an overdue library book. You can get to know Tricia through her daily posts at tricialottwilliford.com.