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Van Walton

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My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WAITING

I wonder if Adam and Eve struggled with waits in the garden? Is it only out here in the jungle where we constantly WAIT TRAIN?

I have been waiting for change:

If God would answer my prayers I could move on…

Really? My list of prayer requests keeps me close to Him and BTW, will I ever be satisfied?

If it would rain, we could escape this horrible drought…

Oh? It is raining right now, Praise God!

If I understood why life is so complicated I might relax…

Let’s see… didn’t I read somewhere that I can choose to be content in all circumstances?

I have learned that waiting, if I let it consume me, can become so oppressive I become immobile. I am sure that is not God’s plan. I believe He wants me to learn to press through the wait.

Sometimes pressing on seems impossible.

Then I read in my daily devotional, Streams in the Desert:

August 12th: The author writes about the shipbuilder who builds a vessel strong, to withstand the powerful seas, the winds and storms. The boat isn’t hammered and assembled just to be placed in the shipyard to be admired. It is sent to sea!

In the same way God builds believers strong – not to sit around and look good, but to be useful, to be tried and tested. God, also is to be used, tried and tested. He begs us to reach out to him in times of troubles and sorrows and doubts, in the midst of our storms and droughts.

When God ushers us into His Wait Rom to develop us, strengthen us, make us more capable to withstand the trials that will certainly come our way, He goes with us, just like a dedicated coach.

In the mean time we have His Word of Promise- He will never leave us or forsake us.

What I have to ask myself is, “Do I believe Him?”

When He asks that I trust Him, can I give Him my heavy wait, believing He will take it and deal with it for me?

If I believe He is in the Wait Room with me, then I can turn to Him, hand Him my time trials.

Charles Spurgeon encourages the Wait Trainer – that would be me, don’t “treat God’s promises as something to be displayed in a museum but to use them as everyday sources of comfort. And whenever you have a time of need trust the Lord.”

You want to know what I think? I believe God is pleased when I simply give it up and give it all to Him. That is what I am practicing these days. I hope he finds pleasure in my trust because it is one of the most difficult disciplines I deal with every day. It isn’t easy!

Why should something so simple and generous, coming from a totally trustworthy God be so hard to accept?

Got any insight?

4 comments:

Peggy said...

Hola VAN...I'm sure because you and AIR are professionals and accomplished authors and all you don't do this...but I chose you out of the whole TEAM to come and share just like with us beginning
aspiring bloggers...

Stop by and visit with me soon... there will be something special waiting for you. It's in Tuesday the 12th of August post!

You can't WAIT for change...you have to change what you can and the rest is up to God or the other..I love Stream in the Desert
also...Aceptalo porque El lo dice!

Con todo el amor del Cristo y mi amistad...Vaya con Dios y Que Dios te bendiga...saludos a Air!!!

Laura said...

Such a stirring question...
Why is surrender so difficult? Many reasons, I believe. I seem to find a new one every day!I understand your words about satisfaction. Seems I'm always one-upping my expectations. why can't we rest in Him and be happy? Hmmm. FOr me, it must be a moment by moment thing. Right now, I'm going to choose to trust in HIm. Tomorrow is another story...

Wendy Pope said...

We are so human. We are so prideful and think that we can fix everything. We are used to having most anything we want right when we want it. That is waiting is hard.

Thanks for the insight Van. Let me say, from my viewpoint, you wait well.

Carmen said...

Van,
Considering we serve the Master of The Great Wait, Himself...considering that the first attribute of what His Love is...is patience in 1 Cor. 13:4...considering just these two glorious things about Himself, is it any wonder that He calls His children to times of wait training and transformation?

The following verse is one glorious Truth He continues to bring to the forefront of my mind:
1 Peter 4:19
"So let those who are suffering according to God's will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator by continuing to do what is good."

Just like the farmer waits for the harvest and doesn't expect it until it's due season...so He calls us to continue doing what is good - sowing Good Seed- for the Harvest He will soon bring through our faithfulness!

A faithful life is a fruitful life. "Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy!" Psalm 126:5

Shalom Sister!