Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Waiting Room

A couple days ago a friend and I were discussing how God has waiting rooms.  He will often call each one of us to wait for something, and then I feel like I'm "put" in a waiting room. It's like waiting in the hospital for someone to come out of surgery, or for my daughter in law to deliver her baby. Sometimes the waiting room can be painful, and seems to last for a very long time. It requires endurance, patience, and surrender. I think other times the waiting room can be exciting with some anticipation and hope.
To wait on the Lord means to expect eagerly, to continue steadfastly, and to sit constantly beside. Waiting is not passive. Waiting is actively involved in relationship with Jesus, asking daily for His desire, and seeking His will. Waiting is retrieving from Him boldness, courage, His power to be steadfast and constant. Sometimes, I have discovered that in the waiting room, there is bad news. Or, the waiting room can sometimes be labeled by other people as something they perceive like "lack of faith" "crazy" "sinner" takes relationship with Jesus and a steadfast constant hand to wait for His timing and turn away from labels and endure bad news.

In James 5 verse 11 it says this:  "We count those blessed  who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful."

Say That Again, Jesus, Your blessings, compassion, and mercy are full to those who patiently wait for You in The Waiting Rooms.

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