Archive | March 2016

Waiting

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Hannah and the birth of Samuel. Everyday Hannah had to deal with the ridicule of her husbands second wife because Hannah was childless. She was her husband’s first wife and he loved her dearly but she was still considered second class because of her inability to give him a child. She waited and prayed for years before God gave her a child.

Another one of my favorite stories is the marriage of Jacob and Rachel. Jacob fell in love with Rachel the first time he saw her and his whole life was changed. He was a man who constantly found ways to deceive people or should I say to deceive his brother and father. And true he had help from his mother it didn’t take much convincing for him to steal his brother’s birthright and his blessing. But Rachel changed it all. He waited 14 years to finally marry the love of his life.

Joseph waited 13 years to see the dream God placed on his heart come true. He had to deal with being thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, accused of rape, thrown into prison and forgotten about before he was promoted to a position of power and prestige.

Just like Hannah, Jacob and Rachel everyday someone somewhere is waiting. Waiting in traffic. Waiting in line. There are even rooms designed just for waiting. The question is…what do we do in the waiting?

We could become aggravated and irritated at the thought of having to wait for something we feel we deserve and we try to make things happen on our own. Sarah did. She told Abraham to sleep with her handmaid because she was tired of waiting on God to send her the child He had promised them. That never turns out well and while God can take bad situations and turn them into good a lot of the problems we have could be avoided if we just have the patience to wait.

This world has become so rushed and hurried that we have forgotten the beauty of waiting on God. It is no coincidence that patience is one of the fruits of the spirit. God knew we would need to be reminded of the importance of waiting and having patience which is why He is constantly telling us to wait on Him.

Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart, wait I say, on the Lord (Psalm 27:14). I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope (Psalm 130:5). And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father which, saith he, ye have heard of me (Acts 1:4). But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it (Romans 8:25).

All of these scriptures and the stories of Hannah, Jacob, and Joseph just to name a few give me hope to know that no matter what God has not forgotten about me while I’m waiting. But He does require something from me-He requires my faith, my patience and my continued desire to stay close to Him.

God will always keep His word. No matter what. He promised the children of Israel a Messiah and the world was given the gift of Jesus. So I will hold onto God’s promises and continue to wait on Him because of all the promises that have been made to me I know that those will come true.

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Talk, Talk, Talk

SunshineOver the last few weeks I’ve been able to talk about my most favorite subject.

Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely love movies. Some might even say I was addicted to movies. I love watching movies. Talking about movies. Learning about the behind the scenes of movies to find out why the director cut a certain scene or why the composer chose the music they used in the film. And my love of movies varies throughout all genres-comedy, drama, musicals, action just to name a few. I can talk about a good movie for hours on end especially if the writing, acting and music all fall into place.

I also enjoy talking about a good book. One that keeps me enchanted for hours on end. One that once I start I can’t put down. One that is so well written that I feel as if I’m the character. I enjoy books that aren’t too predictable or too abstract. A good book just as a good movie should stay with you. You should be able to close your eyes and visualize the scenes written in the book or how they were portrayed in the movie. But even though I get excited talking about movies and books they are not my favorite subject.

My absolute favorite subject to talk about is Jesus. I love, love, love talking about Jesus. About His love for us. His sacrifice. His goodness. His kindness. His mercy. His grace. I love how we get the opportunity to brag on who He is and what He does. How He continues to love us even when we fall down.

I love how He watches over us. How He constantly provides for us. How He always knows what we need when we need it. Talking about Jesus always helps to remind me of just how much Jesus loves me. How much He loves the world. I mean think about it, He died for us. He came down from His throne in heaven to live among us all to reconcile us back to God by dying on the cross. Who else but Jesus would do something that wonderful.

He constantly answers our prayers even when we don’t think they are being answered. You see sometimes the things we feel are the most difficult or the times we feel that God is the most distant are the times when He is the closest or doing the most work in our lives. I’ve been there. I’ve felt the distance and asked myself why but looking back I can see His hand all over the situation. I can see His love and knowing of His love for me helps me make it through the day. Even when I don’t feel as if anyone loves me I know that Jesus loves does.

It excites me and rejuvenates me talking about the goodness of God. And I am thankful that I get the opportunity to do just that.