Waiting for God ~Doyle Hartman

I once took a comparative literature class at OSU and as a part of that class was required to read the play “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. The play consists primarily of a dialog between two men who are waiting by a tree along a country road for a man named Godot. A couple of men stop by, but neither is Godot, and two boys also come by on two different days. Both boys claim they work for Godot and that he will come the next day. So the two men wait, but Godot never shows up.
Although the author claimed otherwise, I recall that my professor stressed that the word Godot is a reference to a diminutive God, and that the play speaks to the idea that many people wait for God but he never shows up.
I was recently reminded that many religious and God-fearing Jews today are still waiting for the Messiah, as they do not believe Jesus was the one. So they wait, not recognizing that God did show up as promised through the Messiah Jesus.
We as believers may look at these examples and may not be able to relate to them intellectually or spiritually. But practically we may relate to them more than we realize, as we also sometimes despair that God is not present or that he is not showing up in our lives. We wait for him, but he does not appear to come. Or when he comes we may not recognize him and overlook him. We may be more focused on what we want from him than just being in his presence and having him in our lives, and when we do not get what we want we may overlook his presence.
So this Advent season, may we be reminded that he has come and that he continues to be present in our lives. May we recognize him for who he truly is – our loving heavenly Father – and ourselves for who we truly are – his children!
 
John 1:11-12 (English Standard Version)
“He [Jesus] came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’
 
Lord,
Please open our hearts, minds and eyes today to recognize your presence and the many ways you are working in our lives, even when we do not feel as such, and even when our days are long or difficult. Help us to recognize that your coming made it possible for us to be your children and that your love for us knows no bounds. May your love be an integral part of our lives, and may our lives reflect that love to those around us.
 
Amen

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Waiting…It’s Not My Strong Suit~ Victoria Eggeman

In 2006, Rob and I allowed God to rock our world by agreeing to take in my teenage cousins. This necessitated buying a house in the midst of the out-of-control ballooning of the housing market on the Northshore of Massachusetts. Having not saved a dime towards this purchase, we bought an overpriced fixer-upper, predating 1900.
 
The market crashed shortly there after and we were left financially upside down in a house I did not like, but confident that God had called us to care for these orphans.
 
As years passed, I would clean the house praying: “Oh God, I can’t stand this house but we will never get out from under the financial burden of it.” Being the problem solver that I am, I would continue in my
thoughts, helping God brainstorm ways that would enable us to move, and not financially devastate us.
 
My favorite idea that I suggested to God was that Rob’s company would buy our house from us and move us out of the area. My follow up thought was: “Yea, right, what are the chances of that ever happening?” Then, I’d end my prayer with: “Oh well, God, if you want us to leave – then you’ll provide the way.”
 
Years continued to pass, 11 to be exact. Repairs to our fixer upper had been ongoing but I continued to pray the same prayer as I cleaned each week. By now our orphans had become adopted children, and
had grown up and moved out of the house. Juliana and Aaron had been born.
 
Then one day in 2016, literally out-of-the-blue, Rob came home and said his company had sought him out for a promotion that included relocating us. The relocation package took care of all real estate expenses which enabled us to keep all profit made from our home sale that was sold in a now recovered housing market. His company then covered all costs for us to find a home in Ohio and moving us here.
 
In a million years, I could not have dreamed of what God orchestrated for us. I have known for a long time that God always has bigger ideas than I. I knew that when I was waiting and complaining all those 11 years. Because of His track record I know that waiting for the King’s return is going to be more than I ever imagine. It will blow my mind and absolutely be worth the wait.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (New Living Translation)
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
God,
Thank You that You are bigger than the box I often put You in. That You have bigger thoughts and higher ways than I can ever imagine. Please forgive me for my impatient waiting and help me to rest, knowing You are totally trustworthy to guide and direct my life. Help me to decrease so that Your Spirit may increase in my life.
Amen

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