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Topic: WAIT (08/30/18)
- TITLE: Waiting for the Challenger
By Claudia Barrington
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I chuckled. Are You challenging me, Lord? Our traffic lights turned green, the Challenger made a U turn, and I continued my drive to the hair salon where I work. I thought no more about it.
The very next day while I was again at work, two large, ornate, gold trimmed coins fell out of a client’s wallet onto the counter as he paid for his haircut. The coins seemed to me to be symbolic, so I asked the man what they represented. He answered, “Oh...these are challenge coins."
Challenge coins Lord? “What are Challenge Coins?” I asked.
“All veterans have challenge coins", he answered. “If a vet is in a bar without one, he has to buy a round of drinks."
II Corinthians 13:1 entered my mind. A double challenge Lord?
Was it a coincidence? Maybe.
A week later, which was yesterday, after I’d once again forgotten about the challenge car and coins, I had a strange urge to visit a particular store. I did not find what I was looking for, so I was leaving when I heard my name being called. It was a Christian neighbor and we talked for a few minutes, mostly about what the Lord is doing. During the course of our conversation he told me that he'd joined a Christian writers site called Faith Writers, and that he loved it. I told him I'd been waiting over 20 years for the time and space to finish several books that I hoped to publish before my life’s journey is over. I told my friend I didn’t want to one day have to look Jesus in the eyes and explain that I just never had the time to finish writing what He’d placed in my heart to write.
Later that day, I joined Faith Writers. The minute I saw that the Challenge title was ‘Wait’, I knew what I was to write for the week’s challenge. I thought I would share my testimony about how the Lord taught me to wait on Him in a particular way after I prayed. I was going to tell you about a time when I took two little children into big church with me because they didn’t know that adults also went to church because they were used to being dropped off alone and picked up afterwards. They wanted to stay with me, and I wanted to be with them. I brought some crayons and paper in case they became too wiggly.
I was going to tell you about how they not only wiggled, but how they also bickered back and forth like siblings sometimes do, and how their behavior was disrupting the worshipers around us, and how I was tempted to be very stern with their behavior.
Instead, I reminded the Lord what He said in Mark 11:24, that ‘anything we ask for in prayer, believing, we would receive’. So I asked Him, believing, to draw the children into worship, and then I closed my eyes and allowed my thoughts to focus only on Him as I worshiped.
5 minutes later I thought to check on the children, and although I'd trusted God to do what I'd asked, it’s still a miracle every single time. There they stood, close beside me, worshiping God with all their hearts. Their eyes were filled with awe and wonder. My eyes still tear up every time I remember that Sunday morning.
Originally I was going to tell you this story about how the Lord taught me in church that morning to worship while we wait. But I changed my mind when I read the not so coincidental words, “The Official Writing Challenge.”
“Yes Lord, I accept the challenge. Oh…You want me to combine the two stories into one? Sort of like a ‘double challenge’? Yes, Father, I'd love to! Thank You!”
Wait on the LORD:
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart:
Wait, I say, on the LORD.
To the tune of Snow White’s ‘We Whistle While We Work' song:
Oh we worship while we wait…
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