Monday, November 14, 2011

In the Waiting Room

Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

   The gnawing pain persisted as we waited patiently in the emergency room for the doctor to appear.  Time seemed to be suspended as the minutes slowly ticked away.  Finally after several hours, my name was called.

   Waiting on God to keep his promises can be a painful and exhausting experience.  Abraham waited until he was 99 years old before realizing God's promise of a son.  Joseph spent 13 years in prison before being elevated to prime minister of Egypt.  Mary waited 9 months before the promised Messiah could be born.

   Have you ever been in God's waiting room?  Weighed down with trials and circumstances, you cry out to God for help.  Now you are in the waiting room hoping for a positive response.  How did you react while in the waiting room?  Did you become anxious, lose hope, or question God's love, care, and concern?

   Waiting may be unpleasant and painful, but is a necessary step in the development of our faith.

Thought for the Day: God's promises will never be broken and waiting is just part of the tests of faith.

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