Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord.
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I may have told this story before, but here I go again.
I was in a hospital in 1987. I had some neurological symptoms and they did an MRI on me and several other tests. They came to the conclusion that I had a mass in my head that was inoperable and they gave me days to live. My life just then turned upside down. My family's lives turned upside down. I was 25 years old, married, with a baby. What would happen next?
After the crying, and going on, a nurse, who happened to be a Christian, came in and recited this verse to me and prayed for me. I felt uneasy and afraid, but yet I felt peace coming from this precious nurse. The next day came with results again from the MRI. It might have been a miracle, who knows? It might have been a doctor's mistake, who knows? Only God knows. The mass in my head was scar tissue. I was going to live! What we have to know is we have to wait on God, with courage. He will give us the strength we need. A miracle did happen by the way. God showed me that waiting on Him, in His timing meant I would see blessings. And I did!
Fast forward 28 years later...
Worried God wasn't listening. Worried God wasn't answering. Wondering where He was when I messed up. With tears in my eyes, He held me close, and said, "Wait". So the next day comes around, very early, and I'm thinking of the verse, "...Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning". And I thought again, still struggling, "Where is my joy"? All of a sudden I felt peace and joy with the arms of Jesus holding me.
The next thing I know, I get a text from a family member with some good news we were praying about, and I cried for joy this time. I failed the day before to trust and have faith...and to wait. The next day, God showed up. Another verse that comes to mind as I conclude this is, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding". Proverbs 3:5.
God always shows up when you least expect it. Are you waiting on Him?
Waiting on Him