Have you ever stopped to think about how much time we spend just waiting?
Someone has suggested that in a normal lifetime one can expect to use up two years of their lives waiting.
The Cat in the Hat in Dr. Seuss’ book says we’re always waiting for something.
We’ve just come through another Christmas season and for sure, you could see in people, especially children, the anticipation as they waited for that time when the gifts could be unwrapped and they could enjoy the long awaited presents.
What are you waiting for? For some it is graduation from school, or your driver’s license, or your first job or the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Maybe you’re waiting for that first baby or the next baby. Most of us wait for something or someone.
Maybe you’ve gotten tired of waiting. A relationship that was dear to you has been broken and you long for it to be whole again. Or it could be an illness that has just gone on for too long and you’re losing hope.
I would like to give you a word of encouragement from God’s Word today. The first is found in Galatians 6:9, “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”
A second verse helps us to focus on who it is that we can trust our troubles to. It’s found in Isaiah 40:31. Listen to what we are told there. “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that we sit passively by and wait for good to come to us. We should do all we can to mend a broken relationship or to be healthy. But we can trust God to help because He cares for us. When we pray to Him, He hears us and He will be attentive to us.
Speaking of praying, this week around the world, churches are joining together in “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity”. That is something else that God cares about. He tells us in the Psalms when we gather together in unity, He commands His blessing on us.
By now, you’ve already missed two services that the churches here in South Dundas have joined together in. But today (Wednesday) from 11:30-12:30 you can meet with us at the Pentecostal Church on Lakeshore Drive. Then tomorrow, Thursday, we’ll be at the Anglican Church in Morrisburg and Friday at Community Christian Reformed Church in Dixon’s Corners. Each day the time is the same. The format includes a time of Prayer and Praise plus the sharing of a simple meal. All are welcome!
By the way, I hope it isn’t too late to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Rev. Duncan Perry,