Monday, September 3, 2007

Could you wait a minute, or two...or forty?!?

We live in a society where waiting should really be second nature to us. We experience some form of waiting every single day. Shouldn’t we be great at it by now? Waiting in bumper to bumper traffic is the ticket to a one way ride to hell for my husband. Waiting on people who are late can personally get me hot under the collar. Or how about calling a business and being put on perpetual hold? From the moment I wake up in the morning until the moment I lay my head on my pillow at night I wait alot! It starts with taking my children to school. I wait for certain parents to move their cars along so I can take my turn dropping my child off at the front of the school. I wait my turn in the grocery check out line. I wait in any doctors’ office or dentist’s office I visit. Sometimes I wait on my mailman, or on a return phone call. Daily I wait for my children to walk home from school. I should have my master’s degree in waiting by now!

I personally believe that God uses these ‘waiting’ times in my life to produce the fruit of patience in me. I freely admit that my fruit tree called ‘patience’ has not harvested a bumper crop in quite awhile. This has to be the reason that I have been blessed with so many ‘waiting’ opportunities. The dictionary defines ‘wait’ as ‘patient expectation’. I really loved that. There should be the fruit of patience along with the expectation of something to come. If we are waiting on the Lord for an answer to prayer, this should be the only way we should wait…with patient expectation.

So today if I get stuck in traffic or if after waiting thirty minutes in the grocery line the clerk decides to change her register tape, I will remember to wait with ‘patient expectation’. Get ready for harvest time my friends, with God’s help I am 'patiently expecting' a bountiful season!

“My soul, Wait silently for the Lord, For my expectation is from Him.”
Psalm 62:5 nkjv


Sue Tornai said...

Thank you enlightening me on patient expectation. Waiting is not one of my favorite things, but it is something I have to do every day. I have learned to put books in the passenger seat so if I have to wait at the doctors or dentist or even at a stop light, I have reading material. (I have to keep my focus on the turning of the red light though.) I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

Janice said...

Thank you for your comment. I really enjoyed reading through your blog today. I love this post on waiting on the Lord and I have been doing a lot of waiting myself and now I have an understanding of why God has us to wait for Him now.


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