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Hating the Waiting

 

HATING THE WAITING

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:4 NKJV

Traffic jams, check-out lines, and waiting rooms. Do you hate to wait? Our real problem with patience occurs while we wait for the test results, the pain to end, the healing to come, or the breakthrough to finally break through.

Even Jesus waited, not just the four days He tarried in reaching Lazarus, but He delayed His own resurrection. Christ revealed His timetable to His disciples on many occasions. Three days in the tomb, but they failed to believe. This resulted in their despair and grief. If they had only understood, Saturday could have been joyous rather than grievous.

Like the remaining eleven, we fail to appreciate future glory. We want our trial to end, now.

During Jesus’ time in the tomb, the women prepared the spices to anoint His body. We make preparations as we linger in our trials. Life seems to go on, but Jesus kept busy in the spiritual realm, during His three-day delay.

Friend, Jesus is busy during our wait too. He works behind the scenes, and like the women, we move forward. Like the disciples, we try to make sense of the senseless.

On September 18, 2006, my world crashed around me. I lost all reason for living, but time continued. God showered me with grace and love. I went as far as to say life was great, but life in heaven would be so much better. No more heartache. No more memories.

Almost ten years later to the day, September 20, 2016, I met a beautiful black Lab. My guide dog, Iva, is a source of boundless joy. Her silliness keeps me laughing. Her unconditional love reminds me of the love of Christ.

Jesus surprised me with this new addition to our family, and Iva gave me a reason to live, not merely survive. During the ten-year wait, Jesus worked. Patience had its perfect work. I have grown in grace and wisdom.

Our microwave world doesn’t offer slow cooker results. In my little kitchen, nothing comes out of my microwave as scrumptious as what comes from the crockpot. Isn’t that true with life? Instant satisfaction robs us of gradual gratification.

You might be waiting, or like me, you might not know you are playing the waiting game. While we wait, Jesus works. While we wait, the world continues to turn. While we wait, we become more like Jesus. While we wait, we gain strength. While we wait, we learn patience, and patience will have its perfect work. Friend, you will lack nothing. Trusting Jesus means trusting His timing.

Lord Jesus, help us slow down. Help us not get in a hurry. Help us see the value in waiting. In Jesus’ name, Amen

DIG DEEPER

Read Mark16.

HIKING THE TRAIL

I challenge you to strive for patience. They say it takes 30 days for a habit to form. What perfect work could patience in 30 days, if we commit to patience. Join me in this challenge!

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Overflowing Love

OVERFLOWING LOVE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;

1 Corinthians 13:4a NASB

An overflowing washing machine is never good, but perhaps that is what caused me to listen to the song on the radio. It described God’s love as “overflowing”. It certainly is! I began wondering how it would look if we as believers expressed overflowing love towards others.

Jesus Christ exemplified love like no one else, and Paul gives a detailed description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

All the words which characterize love are action words. Love is an action. It is the act of taking care of someone just as you would take care of yourself. Biblical love is not an emotion. You don’t need warm, fuzzy feelings to express love. It’s in your actions.

Love is patient and kind. These are all fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Therefore, they are divinely produced within us. We don’t need to conjure up mushy feelings. No, we just have to allow the Holy Spirit to have complete reign in our lives as we make the choice to love with patience and kindness.

The Greek word for patience means “to abide under something”. This suggests that there are people who are hard to love. We must patiently bear with them, and we must do it with kindness, never losing our temper.

I don’t know about you, but that type of love doesn’t always spill out from me. I quickly lose my patience with my husband and family. Kindness scurries away when someone steps on my happy. Perhaps they do nothing but cross my path at the wrong time. That is when I must choose to love. Love must leap in before impatience lashes out.

I am a child of God. He has loved me. He has been patient with me. I must die to self so God’s love can flow through me. That is when my love will overflow to others.

Heavenly Father,

You lavish lovingkindness on us with such patience. Help me be more like You. Help me be a shining light for You, rather than losing it and speaking unkindly. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Cor. 13:4-8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle with impatience? Remember, love must leap in before impatience lashes out. Take a deep breath, count to 10, and repeat today’s focal verse before you act or speak.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.