(How well our heavenly Father teaches us this truth as we experience the trials of this life.
The original article with this title (below) was written almost five years ago while we were waiting for Jerry’s healing after the amputation of his leg.
(It took 4 1/2 years and a third surgery. Now almost six years later, he is able to wear a prosthesis a few hours a week.
~~~~~~~~~~ October 24, 2007
Today is exactly a year since Jerry’s amputation. He has been three weeks in rehab, wearing the prosthesis a couple of hours a day, more just for sitting and getting used to it, a few minutes of exercise to put weight on it, and a few minutes walking on it with a walker. Because of soreness he has not worn it the last two days. Monday the prosthetist put in a small pad to help buffer the sore area. It was feeling better, so he wore the prosthesis for about forty-five minutes this afternoon. When he took it off, his leg was bleeding. We have to wait again for healing before he can wear the prosthesis again.
Sixty-eight years takes its toll on those who have not learned how to wait. By this time most think that they have arrived at the point of having all things under their control, getting things done when they want them done, settling down to the golden years, and being happy in all their progress. This is not our case, but we can attest to something better.
How do you explain to those who are impatient that waiting is good for you? Whether it is for a response to a letter, the arrival of a guest, a special event, for our children to grow up, or healing, the process of waiting is a part of life. True waiting is the essence of hope, and a means to the end of obtaining contentment in this life as we wait for glory.
Waiting is a natural trait for God, but not for man. Impatience was born in the Garden of Eden, and plays itself out in every person’s life, from the time of birth until death; except as we are given new hearts that know how to wait. We learn from experiences that as we wait we receive blessings we did not expect.
Why do we not want a baby to be born before its full term? It will not be fully developed, or, not live at all. Why do we not get a diploma until we have finished the required courses? Why do we not marry at the age of eight? Why do we not eat green bananas? Waiting is not only necessary for life, but, the means to attaining true life. It is not something we play at, or think about when we want to. It is not a game, but a reality, that when practiced enough will become the beauty of life, without wanting to be the winner.
Waiting is serious business, in the same family as endurance, the big brother of patience.
Waiting is the will of God for us, and serves His purposes. “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36)
Waiting gives Him time to accomplish His work in us to His glory. God waits for the precious fruit of His husbandry, and so must we. (James 5:17)
Hope, and quietly waiting for the salvation of the Lord is synonymous with patience, the characteristic of the saints mentioned in the Book of Revelation. (13:10, 14:12)
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:13-14
Waiting strengthens our faith, letting patience have its perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:4)
I praise the Father for teaching me to wait. It comes more naturally now. He is waiting with us, teaching us, loving us through it all. I thank Him for all of you who have waited with us. I pray for more patience, more strength, more faith, more grace for us all—for His glory and our joy.
“The LORD is good to them that wait for Him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
(Excerpt from In Prayer and In Touch~ Articles and Stories of Faith)
Music: Wait on the Lord Psalm 27:14
They That Wait Upon the Lord Isaiah 40:31
“My soul, how hast thou profaned that day thy God hath sanctified! How hast thou encroached on that which Heaven hath set apart! If thy impatience cannot act a Sabbath twelve hours, what happiness canst thou expect in a perpetual Sabbath? Is six days too little for thyself, and two hours too much for thy God?”
~ Francis Quarles 1592-1644 (From Horatius Bonar‘s Words Old and New)
Dear Father, let us not presume to think that we have an interest in Heaven if we have no interest in You. Why would we want to spend eternity with You if we have no desire to spend a day with You now? Forgive us, and by Your own Spirit draw us to Yourself in Christ with Your people today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
In the morning hours, visit ~
Wake me with a gentle breeze,
Or however you may please.
Search my heart and know my thoughts;
Reveal to me what is of naught.
Remove that which you see as strange;
And by your own design, arrange ~
A place where you may sit and rest;
Where you may draw me to your breast.
Come and find a special place
Where You may dispense Your grace.
Stay ~ and at the noonday meal
Make me know You linger still.
Teach me of Your Holy Word ~
Of Your strength to undergird.
In my heart and in my mind
Write and hide that I may find.
All day long ~ into the twilight hour
Work in me indwelling power.
That I listen and hear your thoughts~
That I may love you as I ought.
Knowing that we both are blessed.
~ When You are Host, and I am guest.
(I wrote this poem after “meditating on my bed” in the early morning hours. It was a blessing, as I have been concerned about my loss of memory recently; coupled with the study that our church is doing in Thomas Watson’s book The Great Gain of Godliness, Chapter 8 – The Godly Should Meditate on God’s Name. We are challenged to consider what and how often our thoughts are on God. My prayers are that whatever I forget, that I will never forget Him.)
“The Christian as well as the Jew, after six days spent in his own works, is to sanctify the seventh, that he may profess himself thereby a servant of God, the Creator of heaven and earth. For the quotum the Jew and Christian agree; but in designation of the day they differ. For the Christian chooseth for his holy day that which, with the Jew, was the first day of the week, and calls it the Lord’s day, that he might thereby profess himself a servant of that God who, on the morning of that day, vanquished Satan, the spiritual Pharaoh, and redeemed us from our spiritual thraldom by raising Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead; begetting us, instead of an earthly Canaan, to an inheritance incorruptible in the heavens. The Christian, by the day he hallows, professes himself a Christian. The Jew and Christian make their designation of their day on like ground: the Jews, the memorial day of their deliverance from the temporal Eqypt and temporal Pharaoh; the Christians, the memorial day of their deliverance from the spiritual Egypt and spiritual Pharaoh.” ~ Joseph Mede 1586-1639 (From Horatius Bonar’s Words Old and New)
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden. vs.9) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
With the choice of Life or Death, I would think that our first parents would have immediately headed for the center of the garden. Were they dilly-dallying, haphazardly making their way through the garden, tasting the fruit from the other trees, when they were stopped by the devil “who had the power of death?” (Hebrews 2:14) Was the tree of life not as attractive as the others?
Were they so caught up in their surroundings that they were totally unaware of the danger of disobeying God’s command? I can relate. We can be distracted by the many blessings that our heavenly Father bestows on us. The things become our focus. We then, forgetting our intentions and our goal for life, are detained, “staying too long at the fair.” Deceived by our own lusts (James 1:12-15) we settle for what is easy and what looks good in this life, instead of moving on in pursuit of God and His holiness. (Hebrews 12:14)
In the middle of this wildernessJesus Christ still waits. He is that tree of Life to all whose hearts and minds are focused, and feast on Him. We must pray for the diligence and discipline to keep our eyes on Him; for the Spirit of wisdom to enable us to recognize the distractions of the enemy and the world; and for perseverance to proceed to the goal—Christ, Himself.
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1: 2-3