While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
Be still before the LORD and wait
patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry
out their wicked schemes. –
Psalm 37: 7 (NIV)
sure you’ve had it happen to you. You call the appliance store and ask for the
service department. “Can you hold?” a cheerful voice asks, and before you know
it you’re hearing music. Every so often a taped message assures you that your
call will be answered. You wait and wait. You think, I could have driven over
there and back by now! You feel forgotten and that nobody cares.
it seems that God has put us on hold. We pray and pray about a matter of
extreme importance, but nothing happens. Nothing!
sure that’s how Hannah felt. She was asking God for a baby. Childlessness was a
curse in her day. To make it worse, her husband’s other wife ridiculed her
mercilessly. Hannah wanted desperately to give her husband a child. She prayed
out of deep pain and bitterness. Yet year after year she did not conceive.
can we reconcile the apparent silence of God to our repeated prayers? Remember
that God’s wisdom surpasses our own. What we’re asking for might harm us. We
can’t see the whole picture. Our timing is not God’s timing.
God puts you “on hold,” don’t grumble. You can entrust your most cherished
longings and desires to Him, and then patiently wait for Him to answer.
we call out to You, O Lord,
And wait for answers to our prayer,
Give us the patience that we need
And help us sense Your love and care. —Sper