30 Dec 2010

.in limbo.



It struck me this morning that all of the emotions I am feeling lately have a source... right now are in extreme limbo...


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limbo
Pronunciation:/ˈlɪmbəʊ/

noun

1 (in some Christian beliefs) the supposed abode of the souls of unbaptized infants, and of the just who died before Christ's coming.

2 an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition


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While I can't say I agree with Oxford's first definition theologically (note: 'some' and 'supposed'... yeah not real strong biblical proof on that one...) the second one sounds a lot more like us for the following reasons:

a. life - as shutter sisters today so eloquently defined 'crimbo limbo', the time in between Christmas & New Years is always quite strange...

b. ministry - we are still moving ahead with returning to Poland, and believing God to raise the remaining support we need to return but there is so much left to figure out and at times i can feel like we are neither here nor there... a weird feeling... 'ministry limbo'...

c. baby - we're expecting our first son ~ 4 weeks today if he actually comes on his due date (which my midwife in jest reminded me isn't very likely!) so as i feel him move more and more... the date of his arrival seems more and more uncertain, only that it must come. i think i'll call this 'bambino limbo'

so what do you get when all 3 combine?

crimbo limbo + ministry limbo + bambino limbo = a certain feeling of uncertainty!

It was so good to be reminded of this truth in Psalm 112:6-8 this morning...

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.

They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;

in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

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