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waiting patiently.

It’s normal for us to ask where God is when we are grieving.

We question if he even exists.

We question all the things we’re told: how much he loves us, how he is with us, how he cares.

It doesn’t feel like it, does it?

It isn’t easy to not have all the answers. Especially if you live in a wealthy, productive, and successful part of the world.

We are conditioned for impatience.

Death is one thing we cannot control. We have to accept it. But we are wired to have hope and faith – to believe beyond death.

The Bible says this: He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Thing is, it’s normal to close off that part of our heart when we come face to face with tragedy. It’s because we are protecting ourselves.

In time, we will open up, little by little, as God whispers truths of comfort into our broken hearts.

In other words, there is no quick fix. It takes time. God is there, helping us through the time it takes.

Throughout the Bible, God tells us we need patience.

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

There is nothing to do but believe.

There is nothing to do but wait.

If we keep wrestling, we’ll become exhausted.

Body, soul, and spirit exhausted.

God will help you be patient.

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waiting.

Waiting is really, really hard.

We’ve been conditioned by this world, fresh with cutting edge technology.

Medical images are sent with lightening speed across the country for another doctor to view. No library is needed for a quick research on any given topic. Our televisions don’t have to warm up before viewing. Phone calls don’t have to wait until we get home.

So when we do have to wait, it can be frustrating.

I am old enough to remember slower days and now, I appreciate them.

It seemed the less we knew the better off we were.

Although, there is absolutely no doubt our advancements have been beneficial.

For me personally, it’s easier than ever to have a cause, jump on a bandwagon, and reach for the stars.

Not a bad thing .. until life comes to a screeching halt, warranting your absolute attention

I often think of parents who have hospital visits with their child as part of their normal routine. They wait.

I think of the caretakers  who sit with Alzheimer patients. They wait.

I think of the displaced families in the Louisiana floods.   They wait.

I think of the people who hear the word, cancer. They wait.

And then there are the homeless, the deprived, the suffering going on here  and even more so in under developed countries.

They wait.

Maybe the rhythm of your life has been disrupted. Not the waiting in line or a traffic jam kind. But the heart skipping, breath stopping bad news kind.

And life slows down to a crawl with hours or days of waiting, waiting, waiting.

 

Try to remember you are not alone. Not “someone has it worse” thinking, but remembering all of the people who are waiting, too. None of us know when we might face something that requires us to wait.

Laugh with the good.

Cry with the bad.

But accept both as part of life, knowing God is with us through it all.

Most of all, wait for eternity when he promises to wipe away every tear.

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waiting.

Waiting is one of the most difficult things to do in this fast-paced world we live in.

So much is accessible.

And quickly.

God, however, is not in a hurry. In fact, the Bible says much about waiting.

Every Christian’s hope is living with the expectation of God fulfilling his promises to us and making everything right.

But that takes waiting.

Waiting to be reunited with your loved one.

The days go by slowly, don’t they? But our lives are very short in comparison to eternity.

We can spend them being frustrated most days or we can decide there is nothing to do but wait.

Before you resolve to wait, you have to trust what God tells us.

Do you?

Will you?

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waiting.

Laying below the frozen earth there is life.

At first glance, something may look barren.

Or hopeless.

Or impossible.

But since the beginning of time, the earth has been constant …

revealing the predictability of God’s creation, giving us hope.

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If God cares for the earth, how much more does he care about you?

Winter doesn’t last forever.

A new day is coming. Wait for it!

 

waiting.

Waiting is not easy. Not in the world we live in today.

A watched pot never boils.

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Life is like that.

It seems like forever when you’re waiting.

Just as that water will not boil until it reaches 212*F, no matter what you do to hasten it along …

… you cannot hasten along your situation.

Settle down.

Breathe.

Wait.

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