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Wait on the Lord

                                                                                           May 4, 2016

Dear Friends,

For three days I have been waiting for an answer.  There is nothing I can do to hurry it along.
I just have to be patient.  That's not easy.  I'm sure you know the feeling.  Whether it is waiting
on tests from the doctor or hearing feedback back from a client, it is no fun.

It seems to go against our nature.  You see it in babies.  You stop feeding them or you put a toy
just outside their grasp and they throw a tantrum.  They get red in the face.  They cry.  They
scream.  They shake their fists.  Things only go down hill from there as we age.

A few years back we got used to shorter prep time in the kitchen due to convection ovens and
microwaves.  They came up with priority mail, and overnight delivery for our packages.  As
the world moved faster, so did our expectations of instant gratification.

This has been pushed to a new level today.  In the age of instant communications we can access
a wealth of information in a matter of seconds through cable tv, smart phones, and the internet.  
As a result, most of us have lost the ability to wait patiently.

Waiting has always been hard.  In the past we learned how to be patient because we didn't have
any other choice.  So why was patience considered a virtue?  I think it was because it forced us
to slow down and think about things.  In doing so, we had to make choices.

The word wait means to hope, to anticipate and to trust.  Throughout the Bible we are told to wait
on the Lord.  Waiting reminds us that God is in control and that God is good.  Waiting allows for
our faith to grow.  We learn to trust God to do what is best for us.

One of my favorite scripture passages is from Isaiah 40.  It reads, "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."

These words remind me that God sees the big picture.  He has a better vantage point.  Sometimes
we have to wait because waiting builds the character and endurance we need for the next step of
the journey.  So if you are waiting, be patient, and wait with the Lord.  You will be blessed in doing
so.

God bless.  See you in church.  

Cal
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