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Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

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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My book, From the Pound to the Palace, is available for $10
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Pound to Palace

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Waiting in Prison

Sometimes the wait feels like a prison. No matter how we manipulate, cry, pray… there seems to be no way out. We are stuck in wait! Waiting can feel like an unfair sentence. Why is this happening to me? Why won’t God answer my prayer? I’m of no use in this circumstance! Take way the wait and I can be more productive, a better servant, a freer Christian, a happier person. While we wait – we whine.

I know I have.

And then there is Joseph, who, if there has ever been anyone who had an unfair trial and was thrown behind bars, it was certainly Joseph.

Have you ever read about how he waited – in prison, a place where he was wrongly sent, a place where he didn’t fit. Yet he allowed his good character to rule rather than succumb to negative thoughts, pity parties, and despair.

While wrongly imprisoned, he made friends, he developed an reputation of honesty and loyalty. His superiors notice he was a man of integrity who could be trusted.

Joseph did not let the worst of circumstances get him down.

His reward? “The Lord was with Joseph.

If you feel right now that the wait of the world is resting on your shoulders, praise God. You are being given an opportunity to shine. Joseph shone in the darkest days of his life. He had every reason for losing heart. He did not. He shone.

So while waiting and you feel abandoned, rejected, forgotten believe that God will send opportunities, opportunites to reach out to others and a chance to…



Laura said...

Yeah. Poor Joseph.

His story always makes me feel good about mine, by comparison. Why can't I be more like that guy? of course, it took being sold into slavery, wrongly accused of assault, and years of imprisonment before he reached that level of humility.

Lord, tell me I won't have to do the same!!

John Cowart said...

When I was a kid in Boy Scout camp, we'd go out at night to turn over rocks by the creek to find glow worms. They'd only shine in the dark.

I wonder if they were aware of their own glow or if it all seemed dark to them?

JHerald said...

Hi Van ~ I've been in a state of waiting, sort of, for quite some time. Though as I look back on all that has really happened during this time, it hasn't totally been waiting, more of a time of preparation for what is to come. Sometimes more active preparation and other times quiet reflection time to really grow in what God has revealed. But the quiet in-between-times, I grow inpatient and fight the urge to take things into my own hands....and yes I throw fits, whine, question, though I thankfully remain in Him and sees me through my "tantrums." I love you post today!! Not only does it remind me I am not alone, but it provides great inspiration to stay the course. Thank you!!! Make today a wonderful day! Jill