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Day 23 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Psalm 33:20 NLT

‘We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.’

Waiting is a frustrating business. The last time I called my GP, I was close to losing my temper. The phone rang for an age and then the call was automatically dropped. I called again and went through the same process a number of times. All the while my mood darkened and my mind entertained godless thoughts about GPs in general and GP receptionists in particular! Eventually I put on my coat and made my way to the doctor’s surgery to make personal representation and secure my appointment for two weeks’ hence, at which time the GP would probably be off and I would meet an enthusiastic locum.

When I want something, I seem to want it now. It becomes even more annoying when confronted by a series of reasons why something can’t happen – reasons that have nothing to do with me, and none of which I can influence. The fact is, waiting is tough and only reveals how grumpy I am.

Well, if I am unwilling to wait, it is most likely I shall encounter little of God. Yes, I will know God truths galore and be able to quote scripture freely, even down to chapter and verse. Yet, such learning is squeezed into my agenda and represents how I determine I will meet with God. There is no guarantee that God will meet with me in such circumstances. Waiting means I set aside my agenda and step away from the busyness of my own self-importance to wait upon the appearance of the Lord. I still myself and God chooses whether to draw alongside me.

This very waiting turns my world upside down. For I am not the problem-solver of my own needs; God alone is my help. God is both provider and protector, yet still I wrestle with taking control over my own destiny. Learning to wait highlights the dependency God requires of each one of us. It’s a dependency that is total and exclusive.

QUESTION: How patient are you when you are asked to wait?

PRAYER: Lord, I wait and rest, trusting in you alone. 

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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