Our younger son took eleven college and grad students on a mission trip to Texas recently. One day while half the group went on assignment, the other half waited. ‘While they were waiting they talked about how they felt like they needed to do something, not just wait around. The discussion moved along to where the significance of waiting began to be revealed. At trip’s end when our son asked about mission moments that meant something, it surprised him how many commented about the afternoon they waited and what they learned about waiting…about how God could be found in the waiting.
My husband and I read a devotional (STREAMS IN THE DESERT April 18) shortly after being with our son and hearing about his mission trip ‘waiting’ experience. In the devotional the author said that after people prayed they thought it was their responsibility to ‘do’ something to “bring about an answer”. The author found out, however, that “self-effort always hinders His (God’s) work….When I prayed and had confident trust in Him for something, He simply wanted me to wait in an attitude of praise and do only what He told me…for our interference hinders His work.” (“He will do this.” Psalm 37:5)
John Waller sings about waiting in the song “While I’m Waiting”. He says how hopeful and yet painful waiting can be. He insists upon his own obedience and patience while he is waiting and he says that while he is waiting he will serve, worship, not faint and continue to run the faith race.
I am ‘waiting’ for our move to a house we bought. I am waiting for our retirement to begin. I am in-between two worlds of my life right now. But I know that it is definitely an important issue as to how I am waiting.
Phyllis, you “rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act…” (Psalm 37:7a) and Phyllis “don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and He will come and save me! Be brave, stouthearted and courageous. Yes, wait and He will help you.” (Psalm 27:14)
It has been a wonderful nine and a half year run of writing devotionals for our church’s website. Now, I wait. Serve. Worship.
God bless you all.
His Servant Girl,
So many volunteers working at the mission rummage sale Saturday and one of them came to me and said, “I know that there are many here who are limping for the Lord, but I just have to quit because of my back.” I so understood what he meant and what he was going through…and he is young enough to be my son!!! I was having my own issues with hip bursitis and others were aching in their knees, hips, shoulders and backs. We had worked hours and hours all week long in preparation for this final sale day. The spirits and work-joy was high even though the bodies were wearing down with tiredness and achiness.
There are many people who are more strong, able, capable, influential and the list goes on… but I have often found that God uses whoever is willing and making themselves available for His use. He uses these precious ones mightily who come forth to volunteer. We have no idea of the capabilities for victory and eternal worth of those who are willing to be servants in the Kingdom of God. And the joy and blessing He gives back is waaaaay more than overbalanced compared to what we donate in the way of service efforts.
“So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.” (II Corinthians 4:16-18)
The sale netted the most profit ever. But our largest profit will not be revealed until we stand before Our Father in Heaven. If you feel that you are just ‘limping for the Lord’ be encouraged. You have no idea of the eternal glory that will be yours!!!!!!!!!!
You expect that those in love would come to this very question. Once. Love is sung and touted as a ‘once in a lifetime’ kind of thing. However, there are a lot of broken promises and broken marriages out there. I think deep down we yearn for a love that is promise-secure and know that the best kind of love is for keeps.
The guy in a couple who attend our church asks his wife, so she told me, every week, “Will you marry me?” And I said, “Oh, my, how romantic is that?!” She loves hearing it. They are happy in love after many, many years-despite many on-going challenges.
I played love songs on the piano as background music today for a couple who chose to renew their marriage vows after a decade. They initially wed in a hospital room of the groom’s dying father. It was so crucial to their lives that they include his dad for their wedding ceremony that within two hours on a Sunday afternoon they pulled everything together ten years ago so that it could happen. My husband resting at home after a long Sunday, was the surprised officiant!
Today. Ten years and two children later they radiate love and joy and respect for each other. They work at the marriage. They work at the mundane as a team as well as the spectacular. They intend to stay in love even though they confess that the marriage ‘dream’ and reality have not matched. But because of their loving determination and commitment to the Lover of their souls, they are more deeply in love … a love they say they could not have predicted…after going through all the highs and lows that a ten-year-old marriage offers.
God is love. He is the source of true, lasting love. “Our love for Him comes as a result of His loving us first.” John 4:19 So Jesus, as the bridegroom, asks “Will you marry me? Forever?”
What do you answer to His romantic heart?