Called Out: “Wai…..ting”
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By Evelyn Kay
Patiently standing at the front door waiting for her Dad to arrive is my 2 year old. She’s excited because he has just called to say that he is on his way home from the church. Considering the time of day, “on his way” was going to be at least an hour and a half, and she would’ve stood right there waiting if I had let her. However, I convinced her that we could get her bath done and she’d still make it back downstairs before her dad’s arrival. You can imagine the excitement when she heard his key turn in the door!
Waiting is no fun at all. It doesn’t help that we go through our days with the latest, innovative ways to do anything and everything faster and better than the “old” way. Waiting on an answer from God can be frustrating for most faithful Christians. We want answers to our problems yesterday. But, consider this:
“When I was waiting quietly for the Lord, His heart was turned to me, and He gave ear to my cry.” Psalms 40:1
This scripture reminds me that:
(1) He heard me the first time I asked.
(2) He hasn’t forgotten my request.
(3) I’ll have my answer when I’m ready for it.
(4) It will be worth the wait.
Just like my 2 year old finally got her big bear hug from her dad, we will get our answers to our requests from our Father, and they will be right on time!
Peace and Blessings!
Evelyn is a mother of four awesome children, the wife of a preacher and an elementary school teacher. She is blessed and loves being a blessing to others whenever she can. She blogs at Our Party of Six.
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Thank you Evelyn for our first Called Out article. Can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future weeks!!
Love this idea for a column!
We live in such an “instant” society – waiting (even for a small amount of time!) seems to stretch us to the max! I know I can relate!
Good word, Evelyn!
Thanks, Evelyn…what a great reminder – and what a terrible “wait-er” I can be! I think I will add that scripture to my memory verses for this year. A blessing…
Love it!! When we pray for something it is so hard to wait, but it is in that waiting period God is continuously shaping, molding and teaching us. And Yes his timing is always perfect!!
Sometimes we all need a little reminder that God’s timing is not ours. Thanks for that, and good job!
Wow… this post hit me square between the eyes. What an encouragement! We are currently waiting on lots of things. We are waiting for God to move in a difficult situation in ministry, we are waiting on Him to move so we can finally bring home the two babies we are adopting from Belize, and we are waiting for Him to give direction about a special vision for ministry that He has drawn out on my husband’s heart. I’m not good at waiting so this is a hard time for me. Thanks for the encouraging word! :)
What an awesome reminder that we can expect Daddy and so our wait is never in vain. And just like for Cub 3 demonstrates, just being in our Father’s presence brings peace, joy and happiness.
Thanks! Good Word! Loving this site.
What a great reminder!
Our family is in a season of waiting and it sometimes feels like we’re going to be stuck here forever but we know that God is at work.
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the reminder…for me, waiting is so hard…we are in the first year (first few months) of a new church plant, and we want it all right now. It’s so very hard to remember that we need to wait and be patient as we go about the Father’s business.
Thanks for a timely reminder that waiting is necessary. In our hurry-up lives we forget to wait.
thanks for this. sometimes we need little reminders that God has heard us and has not forgotten us. my hubby and i have been waiting for a full-time ministry position (the right one!) close to 3 years now. somedays it is really hard to wait patiently or gracefully. but then God usually sends me a reminder that He is still in control. thanks again!
Lisa – I love you and Evelyn, this was a great post. I’m not good at waiting, but I’ve gotten “gooder” the older I get…because I’ve learned that God is in the waiting, and sometimes the waiting turns out to be the best part. Bless you,
Waiting. I feel like I have been waiting for something specific forever! Thanks for the reminder that God heard me, He has not forgotten my request, and (somehow) the waiting will be worth it. Thanks for sharing this timely message!
What an encouragement! I LOVE that verse. I’m afraid I’m not so quiet when I wait…how often I repeat my request, like an impatient child. Thanks so much for sharing, Evelyn.
Enjoyed your blog! Could relate to the 2 year old waiting for her daddy…
Thank you all so much for your kind words! I am learning to look and listen for the lessons that I am to learn while I wait for my answers. Thank you again!
And Lisa, I’m WAITING to win Nicol’s CD! Love her!
Thanks so much for sharing. I am excited to read more of the “Called Out” articles!
Thanks for sharing! Waiting is definitely hard in a society and culture that begs for instant gratification! :)
Also, sounded just like my two year old waiting at the door for her daddy. When she sees him, she will yell for him through the screen door until he finally walks in!
I agree. It is so hard to wait. We do have the impatience of little children while waiting on the Lord to move, don’t we? I like to think I have gotten better at the waiting as I have gotten older and hopefully matured in my walk, but I wonder sometimes. Thank you for sharing this devotional thought. May we all remember that He is listening and just waiting until the right time to answer!
(And I love Nicol Sponberg’s music, so thanks for this giveaway! :))
It’s so hard for me to remember that God’s timing is NOT my timing! I’m as bad, or worse, than my kids! Thank you so much!
So true! Thank you for sharing, Evelyn!
Oh, waiting can be so hard! Great encouragement. :)
Thanks so much for this. It is so timely in my life. My husband is a Methodist minister, and we are in the waiting time to hear if we will be moving this year. It can be be so difficult. Thank you for reminding me that God has heard our prayers, and all will be well.
Donna: I’m praying for you and your family. I am also a Methodist minister’s wife and know the anxiousness that moving season brings. Let us know how it turns out!
It’s so hard to wait!! Thanks for your encouraging words.