time to get busy

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God,
at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”

Mother Teresa

(the ‘I couldn’t wait’ poundcake / Julie Cook / 2017)

I suppose I could be living in Alaska and I would still feel this
impending sense of dread.

For you see, this is just how deeply I care and feel for this land I call home…
Whenever there is some sort of calamity approaching this great country, I fret.
Much like a mother hen over her chicks.

It doesn’t matter if its raging fires in the west, drought in the southwest,
blizzards in the north and northeast, earthquakes in the heartland, or floods,
tornadoes and hurricanes in the South…
I feel an almost overwhelming sense of foreboding that is hard to shake.

I think it has a lot to do with me being a doer and or a fixer…
as in I need to be in action doing and fixing.
For it is in such cases, cases where I am relegated to simply sitting, watching
and waiting, that I feel most helpless.
How can I help, fix or alleviate that which I can only watch?
I can’t.

And such is the nature of natural disasters and disease…
we most often have to sit, watch and wait.

So with today, as I write, being Saturday,
the sun is brightly shining in a near cloudless blue sky,
as the wind gusts pick up in both frequency and gusto….
I know Irma is drawing ever closer.

I sit and watch the reports of a massive storm inching its way closer and closer
to my sister southern state.
And I know there will be catastrophic damage.
Storms are just that way.

So as I feel a wealth of nervous energy, I’ve done what I always do when there’s
nothing to do but wait and watch.
I cook.

Today it’s what I’m calling a hurricane pound cake.
As we are being told that we will most likely have flooding, high winds and will
lose power along with the millions to our south….
there’s nothing like a fresh pound cake to munch on in the stormy dark.

So as I try to busy my hands, my thoughts and my body…I also must busy my soul.
For all we truly have in such precarious times is prayer.
To have conversation with God.
And in that conversation, we must be prepared to wait as we listen.
Much like we do in a storm…as in we wait and listen…
Yet the difference with God is that we know there is
no one greater in which to turn.

We can certainly prepare for life’s storms all we want as we tick off those items
on a checklist of what to buy, what to have ready, what to do…all just in case.
Knowing that once the dust settles, the time to really get busy will truly be underway.
Such as helping and cleaning and comforting.

Yet with all this talk of waiting and watching and praying,
I was poignantly reminded today of the very notion of depending on prayer.

This afternoon I watched the most recent postings of one of my favorite
Christian apologists.

Nabeel Qureshi.

I’ve mentioned Nabeel here before.

Nabeel is a young roaring Christian lion.
He is an ardent and outspoken Christian convert from Islam who minces no words.
He is a lecturer and author who is rooted deeply in the Word of the One True God
as He has been washed in the Blood of the Lamb.

Nabeel is also a husband and a father who is in the latter stages of aggressive
stomach cancer.

I have watched periodically Nabeel’s youtube videos chronicling his journey
with cancer.
His fight, his treatments, his testimony…
Inspirational is putting it mildly as I have marveled over his unyielding faith
in the face of so much physical suffering and emotional uncertainty.

Somehow seeing Nabeel and hearing the frustration and depression fighting their way
into his being, I continue being blessed by his ardent faith in God’s will.
And as a dear friend noted as we both lamented together over this most recent
turn of events in Nabeel’s battle…
Nabeel WILL be healed, no matter what!!

So as we gather our thoughts and prayers, readying for yet another storm to take a
swipe at this country, it’s time to get busy…
Busy in prayer…
that we may remember not only those standing in the crosshairs of a hurricane,
but that we recall those who are in the midsts of their own personal storms..
such as Nabeel and his battle with cancer.

Remembering that in the end, God’s will wins,
and in turn, guarantees that we win as well.


The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:17-18

21 comments on “time to get busy

  1. atimetoshare.me says:


  2. Lynda says:

    Julie, thank you for sharing Nabeel’s posting. In such tough times all we can do is rest in God and trust that all will be well – no matter the outcome. I weep for him and his family and pray that they will lean on God no matter the outcome. Prayers for you as well that the storm doesn’t cause you much damage. So many need our prayers now and in every moment of time. In the liturgy for today’s mass, Psalm 95 proclaims: “O that today you would listen to his voice! Do not harden your hearts…” May we listen and put our trust in God. Blessings and prayers for all.

    BTW, I wouldn’t mind a piece of that hurricane pound cake!

  3. Wally Fry says:

    Be safe. I love cake. If it gets bad, you can bring one up here and we will put you all up for a bit LOL.

  4. lorriebowden says:

    Sending thoughts of love and safety to you Julie. I hope this storm somehow quenches its thirst without devouring too much that is near and dear. Sweet Blessings ❤

  5. Wow does that cake look YUMMY!!! I saw that Atlanta is being threatened by Irma and so I am concerned for your welfare. I shall keep you lifted up in prayer. Take a big breath my friend and remember that God is sttill in control and the world has faced perilous times many times before. Staying busy is the way I too keep my mind off the negative and rest in God’s promises. And I’m here if you need to talk. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • The freaking thing has shifted even further west so the eye is to be heading right over us here in west Ga. sometime tomorrow.
      It’s been the constant play by play for the past week has been the most maddening….it’s like we’re just sitting around twiddling our thumbs as impending doom is edging its way closer and closer—I’m ready to just get on with it.
      The whole state is now under a state of emergency with schools all closed Monday and Tuesday.
      They’re saying 80 mph gusts. Georgia’s spindly little pines won’t like that…
      But I’m ever the optimist.
      The cake, on the other hand, is one of my better ones I must say. I do love cooking but baking is more of a challenge so whenever a cake is a success—as in it both looks and tastes , I am pleasantly pleased 🙂
      So now, I need to think what else I can go whip up—I’ve already washed and ironed, vacuumed…so everything is nice and clean for Irma…. 🙂

  6. phyllissnipes says:

    Crying, my dear friend…

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Thanks for your update on the storm prediction for your area. Waiting is tedious. Good that you are taking it out on the home chores. When you wave goodbye to Irma, everything will be nice and clean. Thanks for the video. I had not heard of this noble man. Jesus heal and give some wise man an answer for a cure for cancer, I pray. 😀

  8. Tricia says:

    Yup, to keep praying is always good strategy. That and eating pound cake too, which looks delicious by the way!

    Thanks for introducing us to Nabeel as well. What a brave and faithful man.

    • Thanks Tricia—I had actually found Nabeel here in the Christ Centered teaching blog…and was quite taken by his ardent spirit—and it was also early in his diagnosis and battle—
      And of course it was in the zenith of all this jihad business…and hearing his tale of conversion, then hearing his debates with atheists—Nabeel knows his stuff!
      I started The Book Thieves tale and it is pretty amazing—we all know of the Nazi’s looting of art and treasures but little has ever been said about the looting, pilfering and plundering of libraries across Europe during the war….and the reasoning of why they would go to such effort to take and then conceal ownership of massive amounts of books….
      You’d enjoy it….
      I’ll save you a piece of cake 🙂

  9. SLIMJIM says:

    I’ve not seen the amount of prayers for an apologist as I have with Nabeel’s cancer. Praying.

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