Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"In Waiting"

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain." James 5:7

We have just planted a small garden-- now we wait for the plants to grow and turn into a harvest. Most of the days of our lives consist of periods of waiting. We wait for nine months after we find out we are pregnant for the birth of our child. We wait for spring to come and thaw us out after winter. We wait for the mail to come. Teens can't wait to get their driver's license. We wait for our wedding day to arrive after we become engaged. We wait for vacation time to come hoping the days pass by quickly. Children can't wait for Christmas because of the presents they will receive. Yes, life is all about waiting- waiting for certain events to come, waiting for Mr./Mrs. Right to come into our lives, waiting for things to change, waiting for the call from the doctor with the test results, waiting on others, waiting on a phone call, waiting on promises to be fulfilled, etc., etc., etc.-- waiting, waiting, waiting.

The question is not whether we have to wait, but how are we waiting. Abraham waited for years for the promised son. The children of Israel waited for forty years to get out of the wilderness. Caleb waited for forty years to claim his mountain. Mary waited for nine months after the enunciation of the angel before she held the Messiah in her arms. The world waited for three days after the cross for the resurrection of Jesus.

There are several ways to wait. Let's take a little test this morning. Choose which one, or ones, from among the ones that I list which best describes you. We can wait patiently, impatiently, anxiously, calmly, complaining, with hope, fearfully, faithfully, with confidence or with worry. So which one describes you? Do you think that is the way you should be spending your time, or the attitude you should exhibit, while you are in waiting?

Have a great day. Waiting is a part of life, How are you waiting?

For further reading:
Luke 21:19
Romans 8:25
1 Timothy 6:11
Hebrews 6:12; 10:36; 12:1
James 1:3,4

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