How are you on waiting? If you are anything like me, not very good! But perhaps we look at waiting the wrong way--we think of crowded check out lines at the store or other places, and the frustration and exasperation that brings. For most of us, waiting time is wasting time. Not in God's providence. For in God's plan, waiting time is not wasting time, but a time when we learn to trust God and God forms and fashions our heart and mind. Often that waiting time is a key time of rest and renewal that will sustain us for the tough journey ahead. Take some time and renew yourself this week. Find an oasis of renewal in the desert of busyness. Drink from the waters and renew your heart and mind. God will restore your strength and renew your courage.
(verse of the week)
I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27.13,14
(Prayer of the week)
Loving Great Shepherd, lead me beside the quiet waters, and help me to find the green pastures for quiet rest. Let me lean into your love and grace. Restore my soul. Renew my mind. May I feel your arms of love around me. As I rest in you, and you restore my soul, help me to learn to reflect your love to others that they may see your image in me. Amen.
Blessings --Pastor TJ
Be the change you want to see in the world --Ghandi