Spiritual Practice


Anna Dembowski & Alina Kanaski

I despise having to wait—for promises to be fulfilled or destinations to be reached. When I wait, I focus on an unknown future. I dread enduring the months until dreams become reality. I pray for help to focus on what God has for me now. If I miss opportunities to enjoy God’s presence now, how will I be prepared for what’s to come?

Anxious about the future? Read Matthew 10:29–31.

Balancing the unknown with God’s present goodness worries me. I think repeatedly of what could go wrong and forget that God is with me and will always be with me. I’ve already entrusted God with the plan for my eternal life. Why shouldn’t I trust God’s plan for my life from month to month?

Matthew 10:29–31 is comforting. God knows me intimately, even the number of hairs on my head. Waiting is dreadful, but God knows me. God knows the number of times I’ll have to wait, the number of times I’ll cry out for help, the number of times I’ll lose my strength and draw on God’s. Knowing that God is with me, I find joy in waiting and in learning to trust God.

—Anna Dembowski, 21


Thank you, God, for where I am,
messy as it is.
Thank you for your guidance,
your plan.
Yes, I’d love to know what it is;
but I’m glad you have a plan.
Thank you for your presence,
every moment of every day.
You are with me.
That is enough.

—Alina Kanaski, 24

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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