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Choosing How We Wait

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Waiting.  Ever notice how much waiting we do in life?  When we’re young, we wait for summer vacation, we wait for Christmas morning, and we wait to grow up.  When we get older we wait for our children to be born, we wait for the light to turn green, we wait for the water to boil, our coffee to be ready, the bananas to ripen, and we wait for our summer vacation to begin.  We wait for our tax refund check to arrive, we wait for the results of an x-ray or blood test.  We wait for our prayers to be answered, our miracle to come, and some of us are just waiting for heaven.  For what are you waiting?

I’ve been waiting a lot these days.  My battle with cancer has been a lesson on waiting.  We have been waiting to discover why my kidney function is poor and waiting to get the results of a needle biopsy of two swollen glands in my face.

We got the results yesterday.  It’s not the news we expected or wanted. There appears to be lymphoma in my two main salivary glands.  My doctors agree that the best approach will be radiation, which will probably begin soon.  Thankfully, I can be treated here locally at Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria.  I’ll receive daily treatments for three weeks.  It should not need to be too deep, and the side effects hopefully will be minimal.  It is a serious development, but we are confident and hopeful!  We’re continuing to trust in the Great Physician! 

All in all, I’m doing well.  I just did two back to back four preaching service weekends!  I will remain on the preaching schedule.  Thank you for your prayers!  Easter was awesome, as were these past weekends.  I’m feeling stronger and very thankful!  I’ll keep you posted.  Thanks again for your prayers!

So, let’s return to the topic of waiting.  I was reading in Psalm 130 this morning and was reminded that there are different types of waiting.   We can wait badly with impatient frustration – complaining to God because he appears to be uninvolved.  Or, we can wait well, with a patient confidence, praising him for working for us in every situation.

David wrote in Psalm 130:1-5  "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.  If you, O Lord kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are to be feared.  I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I put my hope."

In the changes and challenges of life, we will all have to wait at times.  But we don’t have to wait badly – with impatient frustration.  We can wait well, with the full and joyful assurance that God’s ways are higher than ours, his timing is perfect, and he can be totally trusted to handle whatever we face.  He will never leave us or forsake us!  In your waiting, may you draw closer to Jesus.  Surrender your restlessness to him and trust him.  May you sense his presence and really know that he is with you and is for you!  Remember, FAITH NOT FEAR!

With Gratitude and Love,

Pastor Ron


Last Updated Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:37 AM.