Foy·er /ˈfoiər,ˈfoiˌā/

Foyer Definition: An anteroom {a small outer room that leads to another room} or lobby especially of a theater
also : an entrance hallway

I used to think that I had to wait to know what to write until I could put my pen to paper. But that was a long time ago, and I haven’t written much of anything…

I am not going to wait anymore:

            In the void of inspiration, I will still create

             In the absence of community, I will chase vulnerability

             In the scarcity of fulfilled desires, I will fight for fierce joy

             In the lack of direction, I will pursue peace

             In the face of confusion, I will pave purpose

I have come to find that waiting isn’t as stagnant as we always believe it to be. I can often times find myself coming to the “Foyers” of my own life and so desperately longing to walk through that hallway, to walk through that corridor and into what I believe to be better, more exciting, and my definition of more life-giving than were my current physical, spiritual, relational, and emotional life reside. But that is just the thing every period of our life is of transition and preparation for the next, so if we were to just take a seat and wait for life to come to us we would be hindering the great plans God has for us. There is a Chinese proverb that reads, “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Life isn’t meant to be a constant battle of “walking from place to place” and “standing still” to see what’s in store for us next. Rather we are called to walk in courage and confidence of what God has for us. Let me explain further, I am not saying that we should be constantly moving around in life even when we are directionless, but rather I am referring to the fact that life is to be lived at different paces. There will be times when it is evident where the path in front of us leads and so we can blaze the trail. And there will be times when the path is less clear and hidden by the brush of life. Have you ever hiked a trail that is less traveled? You have to clear the brush away as you move along. It is slow but it is steady, you are still moving. Let me make an analogy: Imagine with me you are hiking through a forest. You are not alone, you have a guide. The trail you are traveling down doesn’t seem clear to you and you begin to question if your guide is leading you astray. But slowly and steadily He is there, ahead of you, pushing aside the tall brush and cutting away the branches, making clear that this is the way you should walk in. It is the same with the Lord. He will make it clear that, “This is the way, walk in it” {Isaiah 30:21}.

“The way we deal with uncertainty says a lot about whether Jesus is ahead of us leading, or behind us just carrying our stuff.”

Bob Goff

What does this mean for us? I love Exodus chapter 14 because it so clearly portrays the struggle of waiting unhindered. The Israelites had come to a point where they had the Red Sea on one side and an army of Egyptians on the other side. Two seemingly insurmountable odds entrapping them on either side. Looking from side to side, they began voicing their fears which revealed the lies they believed.

“Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Exodus 14:11-12

They feared that God wouldn’t provide for them, they feared death, and rejection. Moses turns to the Children of Israel and says:

“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Exodus 14:13

The word used here for “Silent” is חָרַשׁ (charash). Charash means, “To be silent, keep quiet, remain silent.” This Hebrew word is also a translation for peace. Moses is saying don’t be afraid, be quiet and remain silent so that you might see the LORD’s provision. Their own voices were speaking to loud for them to hear the truth of the LORD. So be silent. Die to yourself. Fear the Lord and know that He will fight for you. In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes:

“Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”

C. S. Lewis

There are many things that I could suggest to you readers on how we can move forward while living life in the foyer. There are the suggestions of just doing something, you have an idea than write it down. You have word than share it. I emphatically say YES to the above, but today I want to take a different approach. How can we wait unhindered in a way that will not only impact us but also those around us, furthering the Kingdom of God? In your foyer today, I challenge you to

  1. Give without expecting anything in return
    • “All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.” {Proverbs 21:26}
  2. Forgive without punishing
    • “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. and above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” {Colossians 3:13-14}
  3. Listen without Interrupting
    • “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” {James 1:19}
  4. Enjoy all things without complaint
    • “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” {1 Thessalonians 5:18}
  5. Answer without arguing
    • “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” {Colossians 3:15}
  6. Speak without accusing
    • “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” {Proverbs 15:1}
  7. Be patient in all things with all people
    • “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.” {1 Corinthians 13:4}

So let us wait with unabandon! Let us wait Unhindered!

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