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Hurry Up and Wait!

We are a society that does not like waiting. Whether it is in line at the grocery store, at the drive-thru window, or at the security checkpoint at the airport, we just don’t like to wait. We are a microwave society; we want to push a few buttons and in one minute the meal is ready to eat. Even as the 60 seconds ticks off, we are antsy; we stand there tapping our foot as if to be saying to the microwave, “hurry up!” Every one of us struggles with some level of impatience; it is just in our DNA.

We often have those same “hurry up” demands of God. We ask Him for something, and we often, if not always, want instant results. But God uses two things to grow our faith – pain and waiting. Not only that, God’s timing is perfect. He knows what we need and when we need it.

The Bible is filled with verses on waiting. In Psalm 27:14 we read, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” In Micah 7:7 we see, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”

We end today by sharing the following poem by J. Danson Smith, taken from the May 17 devotion in “Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings,” compiled by L.B. Cowman and edited by James Reimann.

Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting!

Till next steps made plain will be;

To hear, with the inner hearing,

The Voice that will call to me.

 

Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting!

With hope that need not grow dim;

The Master is pledged to guide me,

And my eyes are unto Him.

 

Waiting! Expectantly waiting!

Perhaps it may be today

The Master will quickly open

The gate to my future way.

 

Waiting! Yes, waiting! Still waiting!

In know, though I’ve waited long,

That, while He withholds His purpose,

His waiting cannot be wrong.

 

Waiting! Yes, waiting! Still waiting!

The Master will not be late;

Since He knows that I am waiting

For Him to unlatch the gate.

So today, wait for the Lord. His timing is always perfect!

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

5/17/2016

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