This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
Look around you and watch the trees turn from green to beautiful shades of red, yellow and brown. From these signs of change you can see that autumn is here.
We know from experience that winter follows autumn and then spring comes again. Sometimes it is hard to wait for something we want badly ... like spring. Consider a small child waiting for Santa to bring a special toy, or a teen waiting to be old enough to get a driver’s permit. Time seems to drag when we have to wait ... wait ... wait.
In Psalm 40, verse 1 David writes “I waited patiently for The Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.”
Patience has its rewards. Often when we pray for something, we have to wait. That is not a bad thing. When we wait for the Lord we may experience feelings of love and gratitude. That’s not to say that God always gives us what we want and think we need. We know that God always answers prayers, but sometimes the answers may be yes, or no, or wait. Being patient if the answer is “wait” is very hard.
Waiting is a part of life and should teach us patience. While we wait, we may say as David said in Psalm 40, verse 3, “He (meaning God) has put a new song in my mouth.”
The next time you have to wait for something you really want and pray for, turn to God for the patience you will surely need. He will hear you and give you that patience. God will provide!