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My Hope is in You
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, 
we wait for it patiently. 
Romans 8:25 NIV

Last Monday, we received a call that presented a possible new job opportunity for Hubby. Within 15 minutes, he had changed out of muddy, wet clothes into a suit and tie, printed his resume and headed out the door. His 90-minute interview offered a glimpse of hope at a full-time job with a decent wage and benefits.

I rallied my prayer warriors and asked for God’s favor.

He received a follow-up email on Thursday, stating they chose a different candidate. We were bummed. This hadn’t been the first interview Hubby had that resulted in a different choice made. I hugged him and told him I was sorry he didn’t get it. He remained quiet for the rest of the evening.

I started bath water (my comfort zone) to soak away my worries. As I poured a capful of bubbles under the rushing hot water, I asked God for hope. I think I whined a little–why God? When is Hubby going to get his turn? Please give us some hope.

Immediately (I’m talking “whoa, what was that?” immediately) the lyrics of My Life is in You, Lord flooded my thoughts.

Peace like the bubbles foaming in the tub welled in my spirit.

Instead of whining about lost opportunities, I chose to give thanks about our present circumstances.

Hubby has a job, even if it’s not what he wants right now. I have a job. He has fly tying orders. I have book contracts. Our boys are happy and healthy. We’re each living our dreams–at least on a part-time basis. Hubby’s is to be a full-time professional fisherman and fly tyer. Mine is to be a full-time author. Even with our cut in income, our bills are paid, including paying off all of our credit card debt.

God continues to be faithful even if He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we think He should. He hears our cries. He comforts us. As our heavenly Father, He knows what is best. We’re the icebergs, and He’s the foundation holding us above the water.

Your Turn: Share a time in your life when you felt your cries fell on deaf ears. Think back to how God responded to you. What hope would you share with someone else going through a similar situation?

(Congratulations to LindsAy!! You won a copy of Beth K. Vogt’s debut novel, Wish You Were Here.)

By the way, I’m blogging at MBT Ponderers today, talking about Faith in Those First Steps.

Lisa Jordan

6 Comments

  • I love it when God uses a song to speak to me! I'll be praying for your family and the perfect job in the perfect timing. I've been learning patience in timing. OY!

  • Lisa Jordan says:

    Thanks, Jess. I appreciate the prayers. God has things under control. 🙂 I read recently not to pray for patience, but endurance during the trials.

  • This is a great post, Lisa! I can think of so many times when God had a better plan that was revealed later. And every time, his plan was better than mine.

  • Oh, Lisa, you know what happens when you pray for patience, don't you? God gives you circumstances where you have to be patient. ;~) That's why I use the tagline I do. I asked God to teach me patience and He gave me a book to write.

    Seriously, I have been praying for sometime that your husband finds the exact right job. And God knows what that is.

    Great post!

  • Melissa Tagg says:

    First of all, so sorry about the job thing, Lisa. Praying for you and Pat…and that just the right job comes up for Pat.

    Yes, I've had times in life when I've been praying about something a LONG time…and God has said wait. I'm in a waiting pattern right now…and I'm not very good at it, frankly. But I love that God has patience for our impatience. 🙂 He's teaching me to wait…and to wait well…and I hope I'm learning.

    Love you, Lisa, and I can't wait until God surprises you and Pat with the opportunity to do what you love FULL-TIME! 🙂

  • First, I'm so excited to win a copy of Beth's book!

    And I love this post. So many times, God has said, "Wait." Looking back, if he'd given me exactly what I wanted when I wanted it, I would not ever have learned to lean on him. I'm still a work in progress in that regard, but I'm better than I used to be.

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