Thursday, April 02, 2009

He will wait a lifetime.

Today I know the King was waiting for me.

He paced back and forth at the ballroom of my life, wondering if I would come and dance with Him today.

I heard Him call my name early today, I wanted to run and open those doors to my dance and start swaying in His arms. But then, the phone rang.

Again later I heard Him again say, "Hey! ........Are you coming to dance today?"

I quickly replied, "Yes, Lord, right after I start this load of laundry! And I can't wait Lord!"

He smiled.

The laundry got started, the phone rang again. A whiny little girl needed a specific type of sippy cup that was no where to be found. A friend needed some encouragement. Bills had to be paid. Projects needed to be completed.

And He still waited.

Then, it was almost like I could hear his footsteps going from one side to the other, one side to the other. They seemed to be getting firmer and firmer. I began pushing through the chaos, shouting something to the depths of my soul like, "Lord, I'm coming! I promise! Just give me five more minutes! I'm coming!"

I saw the inbox on my e-mail that needed to be responded too. More pressing issues seemed to overcome me that I needed to take care of! So I quickly called out to Him, "Lord, I promise I'm coming! Let me just help this person real quick."

Another phone call while waiting in the carpool line, homework to be filled out, more laundry to be done, soft-ball practice to get to, conversations to be had with children who cannot behave and dinner needing to be cooked.

He paced the floor for hours that day.

Hopeful step, after hopeful step. Looking at the clock. Pressing His eyes towards the ballroom doors. Was I going to come today? He wasn't sure. He thought about calling out my name again and so He did, but I couldn't hear.

The screaming, the music, the whines, the complaints, the busyness of life had closed my ears.

He continued to pace back and forth, step after step, looking at the clock, looking at the doors, listening for my steps, hoping that I would come.

Moments went by, the hours too and soon He found himself becoming quite sad. "She's not coming today. She's just to busy."

The sun began to set, baths were given, clothes laid out, computers shut down, lights turned off and I finally found myself with my head against my pillow. Running through the motions of the day, what got done...what didn't, who needed what tomorrow and this and that....and then I saw Him.

In the depths of my soul.

Still standing.

Still waiting.

Still hoping, that I would come.

As I gazed into my Lord's eyes, tears began to fill mine.

"I'm so sorry Lord! You've been waiting all day, haven't you? Please forgive me. I...I didn't mean to forget, I didn't mean to get so busy, I'm just so sorry!"

I became overwhelmed with emotions as I pictured Him standing there, in all His glory, in all His holiness, in all His grace...waiting for me, day long.

And there He stood, holding out His hand, He simply said, "For you my child, I will wait a lifetime. Just come."

"There is...a time to dance." -Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

"Those who danced were though to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."
-Angela Monet


ValleyGirl said...

Beautiful post, beautifully written. Awesome. You've brought tears to my eyes. I wonder how differently we'd live our lives if we kept in the forefront of our minds that He was waiting on us. Waiting to choose Him, to dance with Him.

{more tears}

Ginger said...

God is so good and patient. I can relate to this post so much. What a great reminder to not put off til tomorrow what needs to be done today!

Sarah Martin said...

Oh how this spoke to me! Just the thought of the Almighty King waiting on me crushes my heart. He is way too awesome to be kept waiting and I must elevate Him to TOP priority.

Thanks girl for your prayers-feeling so much better. That enemy is not going to keep me from doing the work of the King over the next few days.

You are awesome, Friend!

love you tons!

Louise said...

WOW that is incredibly beautiful!
You have such a way with words. beautifully written!!

mommieof2 said...

Thank you so much for your sweet thoughts. I will be sure to keep you posted on my dad. I thank the lord for this bible study and that I have met you. I would love to talk with you one day, I have so many questions on my mind.

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Amy L Brooke said...

That was really, really wonderful. I appreciated the analogy.

Joyful said...

Nicki, this is so beautiful. The lingering in other things and the longing of the King. Years ago I heard someone read a story at a Ladies Event similar in style, only it was about a Lover waiting at a coffee shop for His love to meet Him. The style, truth and lesson was the same. Love is patient. Love always waits.

I have always enjoyed that quote by Monet. Listeng for His music being played over me.


Cindy said...

This is absolutely Beautiful!

How many times have I made Him wait in the Ballroom for me - only to never show up.

He is so patient, so kind, so caring.

My ears have been closed off to His call lately with the busyness and stresses of life - of how sad!

Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

Blessings, Cindy

The Patterson 5 said...

Wow! It's almost like you've peeked into my home and have seen me getting too caught up in the busy-ness. I got tears in my eyes as I read and then..."And there He stood, holding out His hand, He simply said, "For you my child, I will wait a lifetime. Just come." Thanks for putting time with the Lord into perspective. Oh, how important it is. Thanks.