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Simon Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” — John 6:60

There is a retired mechanic in the area who calls himself the “Honda Doctor”. Anything too old for dealers to fix he will.

One thing, though, he works on his own terms. He doesn’t need you but if you have an old Honda motorcycle you need him. He charges a flat hourly rate plus parts. Do his repairs take too long? Sometimes. Are the parts too expensive? Sometimes. Your only option is to either choose him to fix your bike or not and don’t tick him off.

God is like that in some ways. He works on his own schedule his own way. Does he take too long? Does he cost more than expected? Sometimes. Our only real option is to either choose him or not.

Fortunately for us he is good, loves us dearly, and works all things to our benefit.

The Honda Doctor doesn’t do that.

— fritz.

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SharedCar3Yesterday I had a conversation with our Son about the car. He was incensed we would put our car he drives in the shop without providing another for his use. I tried to explain it was my job to administer our shared resources for the good of all — which means sometimes he has to wait and/or find alternatives to the places he wants to go.

Reasoning did no good, I guess because it combined two words: “Him” and “Wait”.

Today God had a conversation with me about almost the same thing. This world, everyone and everything in it, is a shared resource. It’s his dirt, he must administer those resources according to his wisdom and love — which means sometimes I have to wait and/or find alternatives to get me places I want to go, trusting that what I really need he will provide.

Sharing resources requires patience, a positive attitude, and perseverance.

— fritz

* Get your own dirt. April 27, 2012

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“They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength” — Isaiah 40:30b

Many Bible verses tell us to Wait on God but they don’t mean killing time. The word used, here, for “wait” is first found in Genesis,

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together in one place…” — Genesis 1:9

So the term means to pull together into one place or, figuratively, one focus.

We, also, see the same word in Job,

“…as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work, so am I…” — Job 7:2

The word includes actively, expectantly, looking for something — a reward in this case.

No, waiting on God isn’t killing time, it’s focused attentiveness with an expectation of blessing. It may involve time because, after all, God’s on his own schedule — but his schedule is right and the results are worth the wait.

God “will help us at the right time.” — Hebrews 4:16b (GW)

— fritz
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“Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.” – Psalm 65:1-2

“Push, push, push!” doesn’t have a place in prayer. Quiet waiting works better.

You asked what Moses did on the mountain for a week when he came to meet with Me, or Elijah by the brook as the water dried up, or Jesus all night in prayer? They just waited for Me. I don’t come on cue. I call to prayer. The whole world waits for Me and My timing is always right.

— November 7, 2011

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Hurried Hearing?

“You can hurry speaking, but not hearing”

Ken Wilson, pastor and author of the book, Mystically Wired wrote those words in the context of hearing God through nature, but I sense a broader application.

Listening to God, anywhere, can’t be rushed.

We can pray fast, but hearing him may take some time, patience, and a willingness to hear at his pace. Holy Scripture puts it this way,

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. – Lamentations 3:25-26

Sound Bite:“You can hurry speaking, but not hearing”

-fritz

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The Right Kind of Waiting

But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

God calls us to serve for our benefit, not his.

Our waiting is not like a sleeper waiting for an alarm but attentive, like a good waiter caring for his patrons.

This is the kind of waiting that sustains us through weary and faint hearted times.

– fritz.

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