Thursday, March 17, 2011

Waiting on the Lord to do His Will

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  -II Peter 3:8, 9 (KJV) 

As we progress through life we come to understand the passage of time is an amazing and sometimes agonizing process.  During a crucial and stressful time an hour can seem like a day and a day might feel as though it went on forever.  Have you ever been waiting for the results of a medical test which may reveal a serious condition?  Time slows down to an agonizing pace.  What about a day spent with someone you love and you desire the day never end?  The time seems to take wings and fly by.  The Word of God reminds us in the realm of eternity time ceases to exist.  I find great comfort in knowing someday in heaven we will no longer be bound to time constraints and schedules.  Will we miss our nice wristwatches and pocket calendars in heaven?  I don’t think so.  We will instead rejoice in the freedom of having left those behind in this world. 

A few years ago I read an article which dealt with strategies for finding and maintaining happiness.  The author suggested during difficult times to try placing the situation in the perspective of the passing of time.  “Give it more time,”  he suggested, and we will be amazed at the results.  Last year at this time my wife Andrea had begun in earnest her treatments for cancer.  She underwent chemo-therapy and 28 radiation treatments.  During this period I prayed each day for healing for her and strength for myself so I might continue to help her through the ordeal.  A blessed promise came to me which I told no one, but will do so here.  “This time next year the situation will have improved,” the Lord told me.  I waited on the Lord, continued trusting and believing, and His will was accomplished – to His glory and our benefit. 

Last year was the longest year of my life; it felt more like 20.  Yet, the Lord was faithful and He brought us through to a better and brighter day.  What are you facing right now which is troubling you?  Does it seem the situation will never end or get any better?  Trust the Lord and wait on Him.  Claim God’s promise of comfort and strength.  This time next year you will probably be amazed at how everything in your life has improved.  Wait for the Lord and give it more time. 

Again I say, wait upon the Lord.

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