When you’re as on the edge as I am, you take inspiration wherever it comes. I’m in Tennessee at my new job, and my family remains in Texas. We’ve got less than four weeks until the end of school. We don’t have a tenant for our home in Texas, which means we don’t have a home in Tennessee. At some point something has got to give. Meanwhile, we wait.
For it is money they have and peace they lack. – Terrence Mann
I’ve scoped neighborhoods until my brakes sag. Shar has scooped the kids and vacated the premises ad nauseam. We want so badly to pull the trigger, ring the bell, drop the sail … and yet we wait, until a Texas tenant frees us to send the pod, call the movers, pick a new house, and finish this thing. This transition has been going on for four months now. Still we wait.
Tonight I walked into my temporary home and my host/roomie Greg and his wife Carol were watching inspiration. Field of Dreams has been clipped, quoted and referenced to the point of parody. As I watched, I was reminded that the reason parodies exist is because the originals were so good. (For those of you who rode in on a string from another sky, Field of Dreams is about Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who hears a voice and starts doing crazy things. One of the voices says, “If you build it, he will come.” Another says, “Go the distance.” He follows his convictions to the point of losing his farm and family. At the end, well, good things happen.)
The film nails it in more ways than I can count: God speaks to us one step at a time, and our job is to act with incomplete information… When we’re waiting for God’s next move, our job is to watch carefully… In spite of our angst, it’s not about us… It always comes down to the last scene.
This morning I woke up and picked up my iPhone. The first thing I read was Proverbs 16:1: “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.” (NLT)
Faith is about action and faith is about waiting. Learning how to manage both has a lot to do with peace.