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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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Spiritual Miracle-Gro

SPIRITUAL MIRACLE-GRO

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,

love, patience, gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:11 NKJV

I repeatedly checked my inbox, hearing the familiar ding. Once again, it was not the email I had anticipated. My heart thumped with the stress and excitement of publishing another book. I was overwhelmed with curiosity concerning the details. What would the cover look like? Would this be the final revision?

Was it not enough that God knew? Could I not trust His plans without having the information ASAP? Was I walking in the flesh rather than the Spirit?

Impatience grew, like the weeds in my flower garden. While tending to my plants, I realized my needs were similar to the beautiful blooms. First, weed out these eager desires. Next, pour on the spiritual Miracle-Gro to jump start my ability to sit tight. It is only through the Holy Spirit that patience will blossom.

My need-to-know was actually my need to control the situation, but God was in control. I must trust His plans and His timing. My time for waiting is God’s time for working. We can rest while waiting, or we can wrestle with waiting. A patient wait is peaceful, but an inpatient one is filled with panic. We must make the choice. Hours of continual worry transpire into days of agony. Would it not be better to linger in Scripture allowing God’s peace to calm our troubled hearts and minds?

Our focal verse commands us to pursue patience. It should be sought after like a thirsty man seeks a glass of cold water.

Perhaps you can identify with my fleshly need for immediate answers. Possibly, your struggles are more serious. You may be longing to hear test results. You may be looking forward to the day when a terrible situation becomes a memory. Whatever we are expecting, let’s determine to wait God’s way: calmly trusting in His timing. Every time, God is right on time.

Holy Spirit, patience is one of Your fruits. Plant within me the ability to wait it out in a manner which brings glory to my heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Galatians 5:17-25. Verse 24 speaks of crucifying the flesh with its passions and desires. That includes impatience, but it requires a daily crucifixion of the flesh.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What is the best way to crucify impatience daily?? Follow the Spirit’s lead into the fragrant garden of patience today.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.