What would happen if our earthly expectations remained unmet? If our hopes and dreams were yanked out of our stubborn-fisted hands?
What if God had entirely different plans for our earthly destinies? Would you be okay with that? Or would you turn your back on God?
You were supposed to be a flaming woman of audacious dreams, but dying embers are all that remain.
I’d never known God up close enough to be wrecked by His love, close enough to want to put my dreams in His hands with joy and relief, close enough to let Him write new dreams if He wanted.
Too many times women of faith tell God what they want from Him, not realizing that what He had planned all along was the right path after all.
Thornton tells her readers to grab hold of what God—in Divine Providence—wants for them still, “He stretches out a kind hand to remake us.”
Women, be ready to accept the chaotic of your now, because:
He knows the names of every star and every miscarried baby. He tells the oceans where to stop, and He tells me how to get through the day. He knows where each planet will travel, and He knows what will be on my mind when I lay my head on the pillow tonight.
Thornton challenges readers to let go of the dull and the rote and the mundane. She reminds us all to embrace the mysteries of Why, God!? Because she knows firsthand what it is to lay aside normalcy: marriage, children, and supposed dream jobs.
Friends, be ready to travel with Grace, she takes us into a precious backstory of her nine-year-old river walks through Mississippi. Get ready to be propelled forward to life on a Paris Metro; she’ll guide you through the green pastures of countryside England.
Grace speaks of “a deep-set quiet nothing could penetrate. And that happened when I felt the light from the God of the universe closing in on me.”
Perhaps we need a 21st Century Holy Annunciation—one which circumvents status quo plans.
Maybe your raw and empty sighs need a new salve.
A salve that’s healing, a balm which mends you from the inside out.
Look no further, friend.
Thornton’s heartfelt stories remind us that Our Maker knows what’s best as we trek through life, as we train and travel through hope and heartache just the same.
I dare you to experience I Don’t Wait Anymore. Allow Grace Thornton’s words to penetrate you with renewed wonder. Ready yourself for breathtaking prose, for stories which challenge you to live beyond the wait.
I Don’t Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God’s Adventure for You
By Grace Thornton, Zondervan, 2016.