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 07_Jun_A Long Wait

My Doctor is very caring and meticulous at his work, and takes his time with each patient, so if you don't get the very first appointment with him you will not be seen on time! The further you are down the list of patients, the longer you have to wait!  Today I was NOT the first on the list, which meant that I had some time on my hands. In fact it was a lot of time! :)

I checked at the reception to estimate how long I would have to wait, then arranged with them that I would do a bit of grocery shopping and put that in the car, which would fill in some time. The shopping took me about half an hour and when I arrived back at the surgery, there was still some waiting to do!  Actually, the Doctor hadn't arrived yet but was in transit after spending the morning at the other surgery a few miles away!

Would I pass the time away watching the TV set on the wall to entertain other waiting patients? Would I read one of those glossy magazines on the table? Maybe I could just sit and look out of the window!

Then I thought of something! I had a few little chores to be getting on with, which involved a bit of writing, so I got our my device and made a start ... and finished!  Now what?  "I know," I thought, "I'll start writing the next blog installment for Rest a While!"

So I set to work.
While I was sitting there, it seemed to be the perfect time to write about what you are now reading :)

When my beloved Lord Jesus walked this earth He displayed for all to see just how wonderful God is.  As He mingled with the young and the elderly, the strong and the weak, the healthy and the sick, the rich and the poor, I notice something rather wonderful - He never compromised His values in order to mingle with the different types of people.

He was rather cruelly accused of something which was meant to be derogatory but actually was the very truth.  They said: "This Man receive the sinners, and eateth with them." Luke 15: 2.  This meant that although He rubbed shoulders with folks that others would snub, He remained the same perfect and beautiful Person as He was when He was with the more 'refined' folks.

We never read of Him looking down upon poor lost individuals who had gotten their lives into a mess, and He never favoured those who were on the upper echelons of society either.  He was the same all the time!  The only people who appeared to 'ruffle His feathers' so to speak, were the religious folks who knew who He was but would not acknowledge that for fear of losing their lofty positions.

They knew who He was but because of envy, these were the people responsible for stirring the crowd to reject Him and call for His crucifixion.

How good it is to know that they were not the ones in control!  He came with the purpose of going to the cross to pay for our sin and remove the separation that sin had caused. 

"God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself."
2 Corinthians 5: 19.

There's one thing I know about the One in whom I trusted many years ago ... when it comes to the salvation of precious souls He says: "Today, if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 7: 8.  Today is the day and now is the time to be concerned about your soul, because we cannot be guaranteed tomorrow. However, when it comes to the workings out of the will of our God, He is NOT in a hurry!  More often than not He tells His people to 'wait on Him' and those that do are in store for great reward.

Our times and our future are in His hands and we cannot hurry Him. After we have become one of His adopted children through having put our complete trust in Him alone, He sets to the task of conforming our character to that of the One in whom He delights.  He wants us to be like His beloved Son!  And when it comes to the development of Christ like character, it can take a while; because sometimes we do not always learn quickly the things He wants us to know.  Other times of course, it is only experience that will help us to grow and mature ... which takes time!

Because we live in a fast paced society in which when we can have just about all we want instantly, it is hard for us to wait. But that which is most valuable to God and eventually to ourselves is definitely worth waiting for.

But be of good cheer if perhaps you are wondering how long is it going to take before God does what He said He would.  If He has spoken to you through His Word and you have a promise upon which you are trusting,

He WILL bring it to pass.  He will be true to His Word.

But let not all that waiting frustrate you.  Don't just sit there and do nothing while you are waiting on the Lord.  Who knows, He just maybe in the process of preparing you for what you are waiting for, and quite possibly preparing what you are waiting for - for you!

Do not engineer, or initiate circumstances in an attempt to fast track what you are waiting on God for.  If you or I interfere we will spoil everything!  The Lord operates according to His own schedule and not ours and its best to leave everything with Him and in His capable hands ... AND in His perfect timing.

I can think of a number of folks in the Bible who had to do a lot of waiting before they were ready for God to use. There was Joseph waiting to be remembered while right there in captivity for 17 years, in prison for a crime he never committed. There was Moses, who lived in the backside of the desert looking after sheep for forty years before being commissioned by God to deliver the children of Israel from the hands of wicked Pharaoh. There was of course the beloved Lord Jesus who was out of sight as it were for the first thirty years of His life before His ministry began.

But none of these people wasted a moment of time.  There is much to be done while waiting, and we also can devote ourselves into making every waiting moment count.  Don't look at this prolonged period of time as some sort of a foe but consider it as a type of a friend through which the Lord will be given the opportunity to do His work in us.

One day when we come into the blessing the Lord promised we will be ever so glad we waited patiently and were occupied during the process.

Well, having spent about 15 minutes turbo typing I see that the patient who was seen before me has just finished and it will be my turn in any minute, (one hour later than scheduled!) And so my unexpected waiting time was well filled, point taken and lesson learned.  Now, how about you? :)

 "They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Isaiah 40: 31.

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