Monday, September 29, 2008

Why Wait?

Pause for a minute and think of the times when people have to wait.

You'll realize that most people wait for a lifetime partner, for the birth of their first baby, for a chance to own a house and lot. Some are too eager for a promotion while others are getting impatient to finish an obligation.

Many people like you wait for a petition or request to be granted, for prayers to be answered, for the bus or the pizza you ordered to arrive, for weekend to come. I can mention some more but if I go on you might accuse me of wasting your time.

The truth is, time is a precious commodity. And for a busy and sensible person, the maxim to live by is use time wisely and make use of every opportunity.

However, there are well-appointed moments when we have to leave our time machine and free ourselves from the strait jacket of schedules. These are challenging moments, for the tendency to yield to frustration and anguish is so great when we wait. But consider this: Times and seasons of waiting are unique opportunities for us to grow and experience God's provision.

This is what one lady missionary learned when she became very ill while on a mission. Sick and in need of good food to nourish herself, she waited for her check to arrive but it did not come. So she was forced to content herself with oatmeal and canned milk for 30 days. This sad turn of events caused this Christian worker to doubt God's goodness.

However, in spite of her measly diet, the missionary recovered. At the end of the 30-day oatmeal diet, she finally received her check, enabling her to buy other foods. When she finally had a chance to speak to a congregation, the lady missionary related her tough experience to them. After the meeting, a kind doctor inquired about her ailment. Upon hearing the nature of the digestive malfunction, the doctor said, "Well, if your check had arrived, you would not be here talking to me today. The diet we always prescribe for that trouble is a 30-day oatmeal diet."

Like the missionary, we often feel that God should do something concrete in our times of trouble. The good news is, God is always at work, though it may seem that nothing is happening. God may require us to wait so that we may learn the virtue of patience, trust, and moving according to His timing.


Jam said...

amen. there's nothing more beautiful than waiting upon the Lord, at all time in all circumstances. :)

glad your blogging na ate yah!


Marlene Legaspi-Munar said...

Thanks for the visit, Janice!

marj said...

Hi Ate Yah! It's always encouraging to read articles like this one esp. now that I am waiting for the approval of my visa. Waiting is not always easy but it's a great blessing because it draws me closer to the Lord.

Congratulations on your newest achievement--blog writing! I admire people like you who can easily express their "perpectives" in writing. Thanks for sharing your blessings, Ate Yah.

Grateful & blessed,
m a r j

Marlene Legaspi-Munar said...

Hi Marj! It actually took me a long time to finally start this blog. But in one of my quiet times, I realized I have to do it now, or else I wouldn't be able to do it at all.Knowing that people like you have been blessed by the "perspectives" encourages me to keep writing!

Janette said...

Indeed, waiting upon the Lord is a testing of faith and patience! As we get pregnant with our confident expectation each day, it leads us closer to the Author and Finisher of our faith Himself. And as He finally gives birth to that much awaited expectation, only then do we realize that waiting on Him is worth the seemingly endless situation.

Kudos to your 'PERSPECTIVE' Sis. Yah!

Mommy Ching

Marlene Legaspi-Munar said...

Dear Mommy Ching and Janette,

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. All glory goes to God...Waiting upon God will always be a challenge, but it could also turn out to be one of our greatest delight.