Sunday Scripture – Waiting on God

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Waiting on God can be difficult. Wouldn’t you agree?

We wait on God to deliver our children at just the right moment. We wait on God to find the right job in his perfect timing. We wait on God to learn the latest test results. The waiting line is long …

I’m sure you could fill in your own “waiting on God” items on the list.

Waiting is not an area of strength for me. I don’t particularly care to wait. Maybe the fast pace of growing up where I did has something to do with that, but I doubt it is totally to blame.

When I moved from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida there were marked differences, and not just in the weather. The pace seemed slower. It didn’t seem slower, it was slower. It took me a while to get used to people not being in a constant rush to get things done.

There were two places where I noticed this slower pace the most; church and the grocery store.

Growing up I remember my father made it a point we arrived at any appointment well ahead of time. That included church. It seemed most of our congregation adhered to that philosophy as well, and if you weren’t in your seats ready to go at least fifteen minutes before church was supposed to “start”, then you were late.

That was definitely not the way our church in Florida often operated. Nope. Not at all. I’d arrive fifteen minutes early, and be the only car in the parking lot. So, I’m sure you can imagine people were not in their seats ready to go when the service was supposed to begin. Drove me crazy.

I’m finding in life God often makes us wait. I believe that thought corresponds to the verse in Psalm 23 that says, “He makes me lie down … ”

While we wait on God, maybe we should reflect on who God is, what his purpose for the wait might be, and what he wants us to learn from it.

What do you think? Do you find it easy to wait, or not?

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.” Psalm 62:1 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Rest In God

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Rest. Release from striving. Put your feet up and sit a spell. Take a nap.

My mother used to always say, “There’s no rest for the weary.” While I never fully understood what she was saying at the time, I do know she worked awfully hard. All the time. Guess rest was elusive for her to take hold of.

When I was a pre-schooler, she used a bribe to get me to take my naps, possibly so she could get some rest. She told me if I took my nap, she’d buy me a banana Popsicle when the ice cream man came by. After I heard the jingle of the ice cream truck outside, I’d wait until I heard Mom walk out the door. Only then, would I close my eyes. When I awoke, there was a banana Popsicle waiting for me in the freezer.

This was my mother’s way of getting me to rest. Bribery. And it worked.

While things of the world may offer us rest, our only true rest comes in trusting God. We can give him our cares. Our worries. And know he will handle everything. We need not be concerned.

Who knows? There may even be a banana Popsicle waiting for us when we wake up.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 

Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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