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Today as I pulled heavy, damp clothes from our washing machine and loaded them into our dryer, I found myself pleading with God for things that I want to have happen in my life; for things I’d like to see bloom and grow and change.

As my arms went through the motions with wet laundry weighing them down, I felt the same weight dragging on my hope.

I wondered why God wasn’t acting on my timeline.

I scolded him for making me wait.

I whined about why He wasn’t reaching in and accomplishing my list of desires right now.

My insides complained like a love-struck girl waiting to get engaged, like a girl who’s mystified that he didn’t propose at Christmas (doesn’t he know how long it takes to plan a wedding?!). Now with New Year’s come and gone, the wait is on for a ring over Valentine’s Day dinner, and she is getting impatient.

In the midst of this unattractive laundry moment, God reminded me to wait.

To keep trusting.

To remember that He is Faithful

To believe in His promises.

To go on pursuing Him and His Plan.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Psalm 19:21

Do you ever struggle with waiting? How do you move beyond impatience and into hope?