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Ministry Musings July 2018

“Waiting “

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord hear my voice! I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I have hope;
My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning.” Psalm 130

We all probably spend a large part of our lives just ’waiting’.

There has been a lot in the news lately about people having to wait.

Waiting for trains, due to breakdowns and cancellations. Waiting in hospital corridors on a trolley to be seen by a doctor, waiting at the dentist, waiting for a bus, waiting to be served. For children it is a hard lesson to learn, having to wait.

Waiting is difficult for us today. We are used to instant access, everything on demand and sometimes people don't seem prepared to ’just wait’ everything has to be immediate and waiting can seem a waste of time and can frustrate us. We may look for ways to speed things up or fill the waiting gaps with magazines or the internet.

However, waiting can be stressful and worrying, waiting for news of a loved one, waiting for an important appointment, waiting to leave unsuitable accommodation.

In his desperate situation, the Psalmist waits before the Lord.

God doesn't always show up exactly when we want him to. Sometimes there are seasons of waiting.....for a vision to come to fruition, for a prayer to be answered, for a word from God. Waiting is good if we can stay hopeful, if we can surrender and be patient in waiting, we learn to abide in God.

We all need to take some time to wait upon God, to move closer into God’s presence, to dedicate some time to waiting silently and to listen for God to speak to us. Time with God is never wasted time.

God is intimate, close and always with us wherever we are, God wants to be part of our day and our daily walk.

So let's include God in our plans and learn to wait upon Him.

These are words from Psalm 23

“You, Lord are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.
You let me rest in fields of green grass.
You lead me to streams of peaceful water
and you refresh my life .”

Together, may we be patient in our wait