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A Waiting Heart
by LeeAnn Russell
04/27/12
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As a caterpillar spins it's cocoon, it looks like it is hiding, but a cocoon is no escape. It is a in between home where changes take place. Outside the cocoon it looks like nothing is happening but all the changes are taking place inside, soon it will become a beautiful butterfly,it just takes time.

We sometimes can be called to wait while we are in a in between home where changes take place. So many times we want God to heal our wounds, take away the pain or solve the problem tormenting us. In a word we want God to come in with his eraser and make it all go away. It is not a mater as to whether or not God can do this but whether or not we are willing to wait for God.

As we leaf through the Bible we can find God's people waiting
Noah... waits for the flood waters to recede
Daniel... waits in the lions den through the night
Sarah... waits for a child
Israelites... wait in Egypt then forty years in the desert
Jonah... waits in the belly of a fish
Paul... waits in prison

Part of our life as a christian should be us willing to wait on the Lord. I was reading the parable Jesus told about the ten maidens waiting for the bridegroom. 5 came prepared with extra lamp oil, enough to wait through the night. The other 5 came with what was in their lamps and when it ran out, they had to leave to go get more oil and they missed the bridegroom. Yes this teaches us to be prepared, but also prepared to wait.

The story of the prodigal son is another example of the waiting Father. It tells us much more about a God who is willing to wait for us to come home to Him.

It can be easy to lose our hope while waiting, but by praying this gives us a new position of hoping and trusting. An example of this is in Mark 10:46-52 where Bartimaeus the blind beggar sat alongside the road outside of Jericho waiting for Jesus to come heal him.

Bartimaeus was filled with faith and hope that Jesus would come by, can't you picture this, Bartimaeus sitting there straining to hear the approach of Jesus and the crowd following Him? How he cried out "Son of David have mercy on me". When Jesus heard him, Jesus asked him what he wanted Jesus to do, he said "Master let me receive my sight".

When we adopt the position of Bartimaeus we are sitting still waiting with our hope and trust uncovered in our hearts. Prayer is a way of life that allows us to find a stilleness in a world where we feel like we are hanging upside down in our cocoon and nothing looks the same anymore.

So when we sit at the side of the road like Bartimaeus, the word's of the Psalmist take on a more personal meaning. Ps 39:7 "For what do I wait?" "My hope is in Thee".

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