It is a blessing to be back in the office this week working on sermons, anticipating outreach ministry this week in the Copper Springs Community and reaching out to our membership through emails and visits. It feels great to be back doing the things God has called me to do. Thanks to everyone who has filled in the gaps during my surgery and ongoing recovery. I’m about 50% right now looking forward to full recovery once physical therapy restores strength and range of motion to my shoulder.
It’s hard to be patient and wait for healing. We are so accustomed to instant relief and ease in activities. It seems everything today is geared to our convenience. The Bible encourages our patience:
“For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance (PATIENCE); to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)
To be everything God wants you to be and to be the kind of servant that contributes to God’s work, you must possess the kind of patience that waits for Him to accomplish His will and purpose through us. It’s not good to get ahead of God. The Bible says:
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with sings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
As many of you know, surgery, infirmity, and recovery teaches lessons in patience that you cannot learn until you are made to learn them.
I read about a young lady who was standing outside her car weeping. A passer-by noticed her and asked if she needed some help. She replied, “I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote unlocker thing. Now, I can’t get into my car. Do you think (pointing to a distant convenient store down the street) they would have a battery to fit this?”
The man said, “Hmmm, I don’t know. Do you have an alarm to?”
She answered, “No, just this remote thingy,” handing him the remote with the car keys attached to it.
He took the keys and manually unlocked the door to her car saying, “Why don’t you drive over there and check about a battery. It’s too far to walk.”
Aren’t you glad that God is patient like that man? He meets our needs. He listens to our complaints. He puts up with our silliness. He waits for us to wake up and call upon Him. He opens our doors,
“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86:15)
Holy Father, teach us patience today. Show us how to wait upon you to open the doors of our hearts. Recharge our energy and love for you that you may receive the honor and glory you deserve in our worship today.