What does that mean?
Marlene Bagnull notes in Writing His Answer that she received the message "I want you to learn to wait patiently, productively, and expectantly."
I love this Bible Study for Christian Writers that Marlene has created. If you haven't got your hands on one yet, I highly recommend it. Hubby got mine for me through Amazon about a year ago. I keep repeatedly going through it, each time something new resonates with me from her very wise teachings. Yesterday, it was this little line in Chapter Seven that struck a cord in me. And the cord still plays on.
Learning to wait Patiently, Productively, and Expectantly.
I'm still in awe at how those three fit together. I've always considered patience to be an act of quietness, stillness, listening, waiting. But now I wonder if God's type of patience that He wishes us to attain is something different. For production and expectation don't seem to belong with my original understanding of patiently waiting.
Could God's version of patience be an amalgamation of serving, worshiping, and listening for Him all rolled into one?
If it is, then interweaving patience with productivity and expectancy seems doable to me. If we center all on Him, then we are not stagnant while we patiently wait for His answer, but rather, actively seeking His answer by working and faithfully waiting while serving Him, worshipping Him (studying and further understanding His Word), and praising and praying quietly with Him as the center of all. It's complicated to me, and I'm still trying to sort it all out. But thought I'd share my current pondering.
I will be away on a Christian Women's Retreat until Sunday, so I won't be able to respond to comments until Monday, but I'm curious as to what "Waiting patiently, productively, and expectantly" to you means?
May God bless you and keep you safe and mindful of Him this weekend! And for those who are working on their word counts, I pray you'll be given ample time to devote to writing His answer.
Surrendering to Him,