Waiting is most definitely at the top of my most hated to do activities. It takes supernatural power from my heavenly Father to make me sit quietly as I await anything! I must admit, microwave popcorn was like a dream come true for me. No more waiting for the oil to get hot. No more waiting for the kernels to pop. No more shaking that pan and waiting. Just pop it in the microwave and out it comes….like magic! Oh! How happy that makes me.
Fast, quick, ready, now, hurry up, I don’t have time, get a move on it, let’s go, are words that frequently come out of my mouth. It surprises me that so many people tell me that I’m calm and patient. I sure don’t feel that way.
It took me years to just sit and wait during my prayer time. I wanted to hear answers right at that moment. I didn’t have time to linger. No time for the process. Nope. No process for me, just do it God and do it now, please, Amen.
Taking a stroll with my children was often hurried by my impatience. Who had time to smell flowers or to admire trees? I was on a mission. I had to hurry!
It took time for me to get it, but I’m learning that miracles occur in the waiting.
I remember walking into Eli’s house with some friends from Dallas. She sat in a chair and said, “I’m ready.”
My sister-in-law, Elizabeth had been taking an uncomfortable trip into Eli’s neighborhood of Cien Fuegos for weeks at that point. She spoke with Eli and with others about the love of our Savior.
Now here we stood. Used by God to water her already seeded garden, we led Eli to Christ. She smiled. She knew that she was different.
Then life took a drastic turn for our dear Eli.
Her husband was wrongly accused for a crime and imprisoned. While she mourned the absence of her husband, her sister was brutally murdered.
Here stood this new Christian woman in tears. This gem of God’s kingdom stood waiting. Waiting for the judge to confirm her husband’s innocence. Waiting for her sister’s murderer to be prosecuted.
While she waited, she smiled. Her precious children attend our center and were cared for the best way possible by our staff.
She remained faithful to our church and invited neighbors.
Weeks went by and she had no money. Our center helped by feeding her children, but it wasn’t enough.
As she waited, she trusted. She remained faithful to the One who gave her new life.
The cook that worked at our center during that time quit. We were shocked that she would leave as abruptly as she did. We were now stuck without a cook.
Then Eli showed up. She stood before us, mop and bucket in hand, “I’m here to serve. You don’t have to pay me, you already pay by feeding my children each day.”
She was our miracle.
She began to serve as cook and housekeeper at our Cien Fuegos center. The children love her cooking!
She always has a smile on her face. She definitely taught me a lesson.
WAIT ON HIM WHILE YOU WAIT FOR HIM
In other words, serve Him while you wait.
Her problem was solved because we did and still pay her. Her husband was acquitted and was sent back home. Her sister’s murderer was imprisoned.
And Eli became stronger. But they who wait upon the Lord will get new strength. They will rise up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weak. Isaiah 40:31
She mastered the secret art of expecting God to move on her behalf. She understood that only He could do what was necessary in her life. Her waiting was a HOPE that was confident. Her waiting gave her energy which she wisely used to advance His work in Cien Fuegos.
So, she taught me a lesson. I’ve learned to wait too. It’s not always easy. Yet, I wait. My Master always comes through. He is forever faithful.