Making the Most of Meanwhile

DSC01012Don’t you love to hear a good story unfold? You know, the kind that has phrases like:

“and she had no idea that 2 weeks ago he…”
“no one knew that all along her boss had quietly initiated…”
“to everyone’s surprise, they had been planning this for months…”
“that single experience was the quiet catalyst that would eventually…”

Circumstances and conversations…pieces and parts occurring, often unknown to us, over time in various settings. Culminating to “What a story!”

This summer I’ve been studying 1 and 2 Chronicles. It is story – true and relative, history. If you haven’t read it, I hope you do! A couple of weeks ago, one word in a story held my focus:

MEANWHILE

DSC01013I thought about my life and each of our kid’s lives.  I can never know all the moving parts. The condition of each heart. The impact of words or circumstance. Decisions in process. Timing. The response or reaction of all who make up “other”. The outcome.

I’ve certainly tried. Exhausting myself analyzing, re-analyzing, then analyzing and re-analying with others. I cringe when I think of the hours I’ve wasted.

In 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, King Jehoshaphat, learning that a huge army is going to attack his kingdom, is afraid. He “set his face to seek the LORD” and prayed, “For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (v.12) He also called all his people to seek the Lord… “MEANWHILE all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. And the Spirit of the LORD came…”

I don’t know how long this season was, but I can imagine the fear. Desperate, they grew dependent. Desperate, they grew faithful. In the “meanwhile” of their circumstance, they prayed. Men, women, children and moms “with their little ones”.

DSC01011Do you ever feel powerless? Overwhelmed? Does your child?

Make the most of every MEANWHILE.  Pray. Ask others to pray, to intercede to God on your behalf.

No matter your child’s age, lead them toward prayer. Toward talking to God.
Pray over them, gently and briefly. Offer to pray with them. Silently, pray for them. Direct and encourage them to pray for others and their circumstance. Pray as a family. Pray aloud, so that your children hear and see how spontaneous, simple and significant talking to God can be.

Pray that your children will pray.

We have a lot of “meanwhiles” in life. Our children will, too.
Waiting seasons, challenging relationships, difficult decisions, hard circumstances…

The rest of the story (Chapter 20) is amazing, a testimony to the sovereignty of God – the One who knows all the moving parts, knows the condition of every heart, knows the impact of all words and circumstances, knows every decision that’s in process and knows timing because He reigns over it . 

Our “meanwhiles” and our children’s “meanwhiles” can bear testimony to the faithfulness of God and how intimately He yearns for us to participate with Him in His larger-than-what-we-can-see plan.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some “meanwhiles”. What have some of yours been? I’d love to read them.

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