Posted by: Jim E | January 23, 2010

“It is no vain thing to wait”…

Wait…that is a harsh word today…no one likes to wait…

We just got back home…driving along one of the roads here in Little Rock…I noticed something that is so prevalent everywhere we go…a car coming down a side road…didn’t stop for the stop sign…but went right through…ever seen that???…going through a stop light on “pink”, or very red is not unusual…people don’t like to wait…it’s not just here but all over…

It’s that way in our spiritual life too (and all of life is spiritual)…we want it now…we say, “Just tell me how to do it in one or two lessons, okay?”…we watched “Amazing Grace” last night…the scene where William Wilberforce comes to see John Newton…and tells him of his spiritual plight…

Wilberforce says, “Now, slowly my faith is returning.”…Newton replies, “How slowly?”…Wilberforce (sighing), “No bolts of lightning.”…To which Newton says, “God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms. Drip, Drip, Drip.”…Then Newton urges him to see the cause through…

So often I talk to people who are either on the edge depression or full of “emptiness”…meaning, so involved with themselves and things or so empty of everything that they are discouraged…we all bounce off these two opposite poles at one time or another…it is the bane of mankind…both can end in despair…

In either case the Bible has a liberating effect when things are difficult…in it’s pages there is confidence and expectancy about what lies ahead…and that is coming from someone who is toward the other end of life…I have experienced this wonder…

Sometime when we feel a little low or we have filled our lives with all the emptiness that is out there…we need to take some time…as I have told my kids and grandkids so often…(“You have to learn to wait.”…and then repeat it ad infinitum)…we need to stop and take some time with the Lord…”not just for rest but for blossoming”…

Jim Elliot…from “Shadow of the Almighty”, page 152…“Stayed overnight with a brother in Queens who raises Chrysanthemums. He was telling me that they don’t bloom until every other flower is gone or going with the frost. I suspected that the frost might be what brought them to bloom, but he said, ‘no, it’s the longer nights.’ I really had never realized the point of Rutherford’s

‘But flow’rs need night’s cool darkness,

The moonlight and the dew…’

not just for rest, but for blossoming. Need I allegorize?

…Waiting on Him for whom it is no vain thing to wait,

Jim”

“We need to learn to wait.” (ad infinitum)…“But 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” (Isa. 40:31)…

The Bible is full of verses that help us over times we just don’t understand…and as we take time (that’s wait-time) we will find ourselves strengthened to face life and to clear the cobwebs of this busy life…and fill our lives with confidence and expectancy about what lies ahead…

If we will stop and wait on the Lord…pay attention to His voice…”not just for rest, but for blossoming”…”Waiting on Him for whom it is no vain thing to wait.”



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