Wait Expectantly

After you have prayed what are you thinking and what do you do?  If you are like me when amen has been said that’s pretty much it for prayer time and the business of the day begins. But when amen is said is that the end of the prayer? Reading Psalm 5:3 has made me aware of a weakness in my prayers.

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This verse tells me I fall short in a vital part of my prayer life.  It tells me to wait expectantly.  I can’t say I do.  I know the Lord hears my prayers. I don’t doubt that and I do know prayers are answered. But do I wait…expectantly?

To wait expectantly is to wait eagerly and energetically, confidently and positively, and actively. To be honest, most often I simply wait; just the verb wait with no adverbs attached.

I guess I thought the active part of prayer was the praying but the activity doesn’t stop at amen. Maybe expectantly waiting is part of what pray without ceasing means.

Isn’t is it a wonder how He gets our attention?  I was just reading a Psalm and a verse jumped out at me. A verse I have read many times before but this time it grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.

I wonder how many times I have missed something the Lord had for me because I just said amen and went on with my day not expectantly waiting for anything to happen?

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Wait Quietly

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. (Ps 62:1-2)

How I want to say this is true of me! I know my victory comes from Him but I struggle with waiting. Outwardly I am quiet, I am a quiet person, but inwardly I scream and yell and rage. I know He is my rock and salvation and fortress, but I am not strong, I tremble and shake.

Lately, when I talk to Jesus and I tell Him of my weakness and my fears He tells me to be quiet and wait. But for how long? I have been waiting a long time for victory in this peace-of-mind-349815_640struggle. Why is the end of this not in sight? Why do the attacks continue? I am not given an answer to those questions. However, He does remind me that He will give me rest, to put on His yoke and to let Him teach me and I will find rest for my soul. (Matt 11:28-29).

If you are struggling with something that seems endless listen to what Jesus says. Be encouraged. He has promised to never leave or abandon us (Jos 1:5) Sometimes it seems that we are left alone in the wilderness of our sufferings but that is a lie that satan wants us to believe. The Spirit dwells within us and will guide us to the fortress of the Lord.

This is my prayer:

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. Ps 62:5-6)

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Seeking God, part 2…

When we seek God and find our way to Him then what?  Do we say “Hello God, nice to finally meet you” and go on our way? Do we make note of where He is and pop in on Him now and then?  Or is there more to seeking God than finding Him and knowing where He is?

Yes, there is more, so much more, in seeking God.  The seeking and finding is just the beginning.  Now we are to seek His presence.  To be in His presence is more than knowing what the bible says about Him or listening to sermons or lessons about Him.  It is more than praying to Him.

To seek His presence is to be with Him, in the same place, to be so close to Him that you can feel Him.  To feel His nearness and be certain of His substance and sufficiency.  To believe, without question, the reality of Him.

God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.  He is eternal, has no beginning and no ending.  There is no other like Him.  Yet, He wants us to seek His presence…to be in His presence…to be with Him.  He wants us with Him not just for a few minutes or hours or days or even years but at all times and forever! 

When in His presence we can talk to Him or listen, laugh or cry, be angry and hurt or playful and silly, quiet or loud.  We can sing and dance, lash out or caress.  We can be who we are. He encourages transparency, after all, He knows us better than we know ourselves.

Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

Psalm 105:4

When in His presence…we can just be…His.

Rejoice

I wonder at His patience in waiting for me to join Him.

I wonder, even more, that He does wait.  I mean, really, He has other major things to deal with, you know.

Just wondering…

Connecting flights…

I have been thinking about death lately.  Not about dying or being dead but about death.  We know a lot about dying.  There have been studies and research done about dying.  With advances in modern medicine and science we are learning the mechanics of the body and how it works and what makes it stop working in amazing detail.  And I think we have a pretty clear manual on what happens when we are dead to this earthly life.  What I am wondering about is death.  Today we do not know any more about death than the people of long ago knew.

Nobody has come back from the dead. Well, Jesus and His disciples did raise people from the dead.  Lazarus was in the tomb for days when Jesus called him out.  But nothing is written about their experience.  No eyewitness accounts or in depth interviews with the once dead.

I have this theory, based on nothing but my own wonder wanderings, that death is a place.  Sort of like a big international airport.  A place where, after dying, everyone goes to catch a connecting flight home.

It must be very interesting and busy with all the different folks passing through.  People of all sizes and shapes and colors and nationalities and ages represented.  Rich and poor, highly educated and simply uneducated, innocent and worldly wise, proud and humble, anxious and calm, afraid and fearless.  All kinds of people from all walks of life.

I think some must be excited and looking forward to the next leg of their journey.  And perhaps some are fearful and dread the future.  I think some are  surprised to find themselves in this place and others are just relieved.  And maybe some are angry or bewildered.  The reaction probably depends a great deal on the road they were traveling before they came to death.  Or maybe the timing or circumstances has something to do with it.

But they are all at this Airport Death to catch a connecting flight to…somewhere.

I imagine there are smiling greeters waiting for the new arrivals.  Though I doubt there is any need for identification or traveling papers as no one comes to this place accidentally or without previous notice.  All are expected and prepared for and known in advance.

Are there guides to show each one to the right departure gate?  Or are there signs and arrows–maybe a yellow brick road?

One thing I am pretty certain of–at this airport–you leave all your baggage behind!

Behold! I tell you a mystery.  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…
                                                        1 Corinthians 15:51-52

                                                        
Do you not love a good mystery?
 
Just wondering…

Waiting

Most of life seems to be spent waiting.

We wait at the post office, the bank, the grocery store.  We wait for an appointment with the doctor or dentist and wait for test results or to have a prescription filled.  We wait for the interview then we wait to hear the outcome.  We wait to be served or helped.  We wait for a phone call or an e-mail.  We wait for silly things and important things. We wait for people and things.  Waiting with excited anticipation or sad acceptance.

We are busy waiting.  Waiting always waiting for something or someone.

I am waiting now.  Waiting on the Lord.  Waiting for answers, direction, guidance and wisdom only He can give.
 
I am not good at waiting. Even waiting on the Lord I am sometimes impatient or angry or anxious or depressed while I wait.  Yet I am encouraged knowing that He has a  plan for me, a plan for my good not for harm, a plan for my future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

But I want to make decisions now—I want action now!  I am tired of this waiting.  However, His time is perfect and when I pray the word I receive over and over is from Psalm 27:14–

Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. 
  • To wait is to look for or to expect, be patient
  • To be strong is to be alert, to prevail, be steadfast
  • Take courage is to take hold, be sure, fortify, behave valiantly
Seems easy enough.  But can I be the person who is patient and alert behaving valiantly while I wait?
The real question here is—Do I believe the promise given in Jeremiah?  My heart says yes, yes, YES!  My head wants to argue and debate.  My whole heart is the Lord’s.  My head is still looking to the world for answers.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His word I put my hope. Ps130:5

Is it not amazing that we have a Creator that has included an instruction manual for our lives?  Do we read it and follow the instructions?  Or do we live our lives with little thought for it until something goes wrong?

Just wondering