race horsesIn Isaiah 40:31, it says, “They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint.”  Waiting (patiently).  It’s a great concept, but very hard to accomplish.  In my life, I find I have to do a lot of waiting.  In my job, I wait on answers from the client, or a decree from a judge, or 92 cars in front of me in traffic, or for the check in the mail.  Sometimes I’m able to see through the wait to what God is doing for me by making me wait, but most of the time not.  Some days I remember that wait and hope are the same word in Spanish, and I fervently hope that God is doing something, even though it sure doesn’t look or feel like it.  Occasionally, very occasionally, I get around to trusting God, knowing that all things (even waiting) work together for good to those that love the Lord, to the ones that are “the called” according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)  That helps me relax.  Rarely, I remember that passage in 1 Thess. 5:16-18, where it says, “Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in all things give thanks (even in the waiting) for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” So right now I’m thinking back to a recent trial in my life, when I was short of visible income, I’d recently been laid off from my “bread and butter” job, I was behind on my bills, and no visible means of support; and I was fixin’ to have a very large insurance premium due with absolutely no hope of getting there in time.  I had a couple of expense statements in the mail to clients that I’d mailed out around the first of the month, but I honestly didn’t expect them to pay for at least 30 days, since that’s the customary practice.  On the 8th thru the 11th of the month I was out-of-town, participating in a prison ministry weekend in a prison nearby.  I didn’t have much time to think (read worry) about my financial situation, but on Monday the 12th, I stopped by the Post Office to see what had happened while I was gone.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the mail.  The two big checks that I really needed had both come in over the weekend.  The people had to have mailed them as soon as they got the bills, when they could have waited that customary 30 days.  I don’t know about you, but I classify that as a bonafide miracle!  God’s answer to my unspoken prayer.  I know you’re not going to believe this, but that same thing has happened to me hundreds of times in my life, and it still gets me right here!  It’s GOD’S PERFECT TIMING.   


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