Holding pattern…

The Lord’s presence was amazing during our prayer time this morning. It was just Di Easler and me today, and I spent a good bit of time sharing my heart, updating her on the movie news, etc. We basically rehashed the past two years, revisited our vision, our passion, our determination. She allowed me to work through some of my doubts and insecurities and questions and disappointments, and then we both fell silent. As we sat quietly I could see us sitting on an airplane on the runway in a holding pattern. I saw it as vivid as if I were really there. When I started telling Di my “vision,” she came up off the couch, and the look on her face was a combination of fear and amazement. Tears began to well up in her eyes and she interrupted me and cried, “Hope! I just saw that same exact thing!! I was just starting to tell you that we’re on a runway in a holding pattern! I promise you I saw that same thing!” Our mouths dropped and we just stared at each other. Neither of us knew what to say. Finally I said quietly, “What does this mean?” And then I knew.

We boarded the movie plane two years ago. We knew it was a journey God had led us on. We had prayed about it for a long time and we felt Him leading us forward. We worked to pack the plane with all the right passengers to make it happen, Ken Carpenter with Franklin Films in the pilot seat, and we thought we’d fuel it easily with donors or investors who would be overjoyed to make this journey happen – individuals who had followed the story and had a heart for the ministry. And we left the gate rather quickly. But the past several months we’ve been in a holding pattern. We don’t believe for a second the Lord is telling us to go back to the gate and abandon the plane. Not for a second. So God must be allowing us to sit on the runway while He clears the way. He’s clearing traffic of obstacles that may threaten to skew the story, He’s clearing the weather both here and where we’re headed of any unexpected storms that could take us down, and He’s preparing the hearts and lives of each of us on board – from the pilot to the passengers to the attendants to the individuals who will provide the fuel. There’s so much stripping and tweaking and carving to be done in each of our hearts before we can be trusted to tell Hannah’s story all for His glory. So rather than get frustrated and impatient, our job is to be willing vessels with open hearts for the tweaking, and busy ourselves where we are while we are “on hold”, trusting the Lord to give us the green light in His perfect time. Because once we take off, we’ll be wide open and will need to be in great shape physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually!

What a story of hope we have to tell. It must be right, and we must be right!

Does God have you in a holding pattern? Search your heart, allow God to tweak you while you’re on hold. Busy yourself right where you are, and wait for His green light.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).

“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20).

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).

 ”The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him” (Lamentations 3:24).

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31 NASB).


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