While We Wait

pixabayBy Sandy Kirby Quandt

Right now I’m in a season of waiting … again …

In an earlier post, I mentioned the patience Noah needed while he waited for God to open  the door to the ark after the flood.

This post is inspired by the account of the disciples on the sea during the storm. (Matthew 14:22-33)

Among the pixabaymany things I thought about as I reread this story was the fact Jesus sent the disciples out in the boat and told them to wait for him.

It wasn’t until the disciples had been in the boat since before sunset of the previous day that Jesus appeared to them walking on the water between 3:00–6:00 a.m.

There are numerous accounts in the Bible of people who waited for one thing or the other.

For years Hannah prayed and waited for the LORD to give her a child.

Anna and Simeon both prayed and waited to old age before God fulfilled his promise to allow them to see the Messiah.

The Israelites waited for someone to deliver them from Egypt.

Then they waited 40 years to enter the Promised Land.

David waited over fourteen years to become king.

pixabayWe wait for children to be born.

We wait for the right job. Right spouse. Right home. Right economic climate.

We wait for unanswered prayers. Healing. Peace. Restoration.

We wait for that book contract. College acceptance letter. Prodigal to come home.

We hurry up and wait.

Let’s go back to the disciples in the boat on the sea during the horrible storm.

They had no other option but to wait on Jesus, did they?

They didn’t have the power to stop the raging wind and rain. They didn’t have the power to get safely to shore on their own. They had to wait no matter how long it took before Jesus arrived and saved them.

I believe it’s the same for us. Sure we can be like Sarah and Abraham, take things into our own hands and try to rush God into action.

Any other hands raised out there who’ve foolishly tried this?

But when the disciples waited, Jesus showed up at just the right time. He arrived at the exact pixabaymoment that would prove who he was. The One with the power to calm the sea and command the wind to be still.

And while they waited perhaps their faith grew stronger. Perhaps their confidence increased. Perhaps they realized it really wasn’t about them after all, but about the Savior they loved and served.

What do you think? Is waiting something you find easy to do or is it difficult? I’m not real fond of waiting but I’m getting better at it. I’m beginning to realize I don’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter.

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But I will watch for the Lord; I will wait confidently for God, who will save me. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Invite Jesus Into Your Boat

Bing PhotosThe story is recorded in Matthew, Mark, and John. Jesus and his disciples have just finished feeding the 5,000 with a small amount of food, by man’s measure. But enough to feed the crowd, and have twelve baskets full of leftovers, by God’s measure. (John 6:1-15)

After the crowd left, Jesus sent his disciples across the lake for Capernaum, while he went off by himself to pray.

When the disciples were about three and a half miles out, a strong wind came up, and the waters grew rough. Jesus noticed the frightened disciples’ predicament, and set out to meet them. Walking on the water.

As soon as Jesus got into the boat with the disciples, the winds calmed.

The disciples were obeying Jesus. He’d told them to take a boat across the lake, and they Bing Photosdid. Still, a storm rose up, and threatened their safety.

It wasn’t until they asked Jesus into the boat, that the fierce winds calmed, and they made it safe to the other shore.

When the storms of life hit, we often wonder what we did wrong. What others did wrong. Looking at this moment in the disciples’ lives, I’d have to say they were in a pickle, and had done absolutely nothing wrong. They did nothing to cause their predicament. Maybe, the same can be said about our pickles.

But notice, as soon as the disciples asked Jesus into their boat, the waters calmed, and they reached the shore safely. Don’t miss that.

bing PhotosAs soon as we invite Jesus into our boat, He’ll calm our seas and give us His peace. He’ll even take us to the other shore safely.

If we want to be ready for the storms that assail us, beat us up, and spit us out, I think we’d best invite Jesus into our boat. And keep him there.

Don’t you?

Then they (the disciples) willingly took him (Jesus) into the boat, and immediately the boat reached land at the place they were heading for. John 6:21 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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