. . . and then some more . . . More life. More Jesus.


I got to chat with one of my favorite friends last night on facebook. She asked me how many days now. How many days until I’m home sitting in her house eating tacos and drinking coffee. (First tacos. Then coffee. Or vice-versa. But not tacos with coffee. Just to be clear.)

I knew it was two days less than six weeks. So I did the math. It took a minute. Math has never been my strong point.

Forty. I realized last night that I have forty days left.

So I typed it out for her and we both said how spiritual that sounds. And Third Day started singing in my head, and now I can’t get it out.

I did a quick google on the significance of forty, and learned some interesting things. For example, forty is the only number word in which the letters are presented alphabetically. How cool is that? Also, how crazy is it that someone figured that out?

But I was thinking more along the lines of 40 days in the Bible. Like how Jesus was in the desert, fasting for 40 days. Or how it rained on Noah and his family in the ark for 40 days and 40 nights.

So I narrowed my search a bit and found this list that reminded me of so many different times the number shows up all through Scripture. I learned that God used the number to represent periods of judgment or testing.


But I was kind of looking for stories that took forty days to unfold.

Then I saw Exodus 24 on the list and learned that it took God forty days to give Moses the plans for His tabernacle. Moses was up on top of a mountain alone with God for 40 days, learning how to build God’s home for, you guessed it, the 40 years it would take them to get to the Promised Land.

So, I was thinking, what if these next 40 days are like my mountain time alone with God? No, I’m not gonna’ go find Maria and camp out on top of an Alp until June 6. (As awesome as that would be.)

But what if God wants to get me alone and teach me more of Him for the next 40 days? What if He just wants me to shut up and listen to Him in the quiet of rightnow before I get back to my life on the other side of the world?

What if, for the next forty days, I just shut up and look for what He might be using to prepare me for whatever’s next. What if I give up the platform-building and the seeking fame as a writer and the doing my best to present myself as a social-media performer? And what if I just listen. For forty straight days?

It’s a little bit scary because what if my blog falls apart in my focus switch? Or what if you all get bored with whatever it is that shows up here in this little land called briannaRwasson(dot)com?

I’m gonna’ try it anyway.

And, while I realize that you are probably not at the end of some across-the-world journey that has a mere 40 days left, I invite you to join me in the quiet. Forty days of zero fame-seeking, platform-building, plan-making or jumping ahead of God trying to figure out on my own what’s best for this thing called my life. And I’m going to just listen.

I’ve started by looking for what might be hiding inside a certain Psalm I’ve been recently intrigued with. I’m going to ask Him to show me all its treasures. Gonna’ beg Him to help me know Him so well I can’t help but be madly in love with Him.  Pray for Him to prepare me for whatever waits for me at home.

And I’ll check in here time and again. I hope you will too.  It’s kind of weird because I don’t know exactly what it will look like. If you subscribe, though, you won’t miss any updates.

Happy 40 days, my friends.

16 Thoughts on “40

  1. I am thinking your writing is going to be deeper because you will be writing from deep within. And I am also thinking how happy I am that I subscribe to your blog. 🙂

  2. Great thinking Brianna! Loved to read it and excited for what will come after 🙂

  3. la McCoy on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm said:

    Let’s see what 40 days brings

  4. Wow 40 whole days? I guess if that is what God is calling you to do. But if he breaks into your silence, I hope you will write about it.

  5. Diane on April 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm said:

    Seems it was no accident that we finally got to chat yesterday after several failed attempts. It’s going to be good. I’m joining you for 40 days and believing great things for you and me too! Just what I need!!! Love it!

  6. I appreciate the investment into listening you are about to make, how lucky are we to be invited to join you! No need for anything except anticipation

  7. Brianna, I will be praying for you when God brings you to mind the next 40 days. I believe in the wilderness. Have traveled through my own desert with God–although His wilderness for me lasted 7 years, not 40 days. God Himself taught me in that desert place.

    “For I (God) know the plans I have for you (insert: Brianna R.Wasson) . . . ” (Jeremiah 29:11a, parentheses mine).

    Richness, depth, texture, fragrance, and God’s purpose for Brianna’s gift–some of the blessings I believe that await you, my friend, in 40 days.

    Love your teaching on 40. Always enjoy, am moved by your writing. Smiling. Praying.

    • Shannon, thank you. “Richness, depth, texture, fragrance, God’s purpose…” Oh, this makes my heart pound hard. Thank you so much for your prayers. And the sweet courage you give.

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