“If you don’t feel AWKWARD, you’re not changing or growing.”
“I wait for the LORD, my whole-self waits;
I hopefully wait in His word.” (Psalm 130:5)
One of my former youth ministry interns recently preached a sermon on Psalm 130. He reflected on how we as 21st century Americans are not very good at waiting. Typically, if we play our cards right, we can go days and days without ever having to spend a single moment waiting.
COVID-19 has caused many of us to do a lot of uncomfortable waiting. Thankfully “normal” seems to be at least on the horizon here in the U.S. But unfortunately, this is not the case for many countries in Asia where this pandemic is still raging and vaccines are in short supply.
One of the questions we get asked daily by well-meaning folks is: “When are you leaving?”, or even, “I thought you all were already gone, when did you get back?”
It’s understandable. Cori Beth and I began our journey with YMI back in 2017 and until the pandemic it was a steady march forward through seminary and support raising. The expectation of linear “progress” is an expectation that God has been prying from our hands throughout this season of waiting.
In March of 2020 we were nearly ready to launch, and right at that moment the pandemic hit, and our host country closed its borders, and still remains closed indefinitely. Considering all of this we kind of feel like we’re stuck in the waiting room at the doctor’s office when our appointment was 3 hours ago. And now we’re the kids tapping on the receptionist’s glass asking if it’s our turn yet.
But through all of this, the Lord has been so good to us. We are well provided for and growing in this season of waiting. Creative doors for remote service have opened to us through our Map The Movement project, online language school, and new partnership opportunities for the future.
The Lord never wastes time. We know our Father has brought us this far and goes to the field before us.
Please continue to pray for our host country in Asia as they fight this pandemic, for our contentment in the waiting room, and that a path to Asia might open for us as we knock on the glass.
We ask you pray with us concerning the following: