Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blessings in Wait - Living Lesson



by: Christopher Wiles 
 
The wait is over, we now have 4!
It is early Thursday morning as I write this bulletin article and wait by Ashley's side in the hospital. In mere minutes we'll finally know all about our fourth child by seeing him/her face to face.

In September 1992, Alabama expressed well the sad sentiment of our culture when they sang the song, "I'm in a Hurry (and I Don't Know Why)".  Christians are no exception in expressing their own slavery to the impatient mantra.  It drives some people crazy to wait in the hospital.  It drives some crazy when we wait to find out the sex of the baby. If I had a nickel for every person that said, "Oh, I just can't wait"..... as if it wasn't really up to them.

Ashley and I have been taught a few things about waiting from those who are wiser than us. Consider the advice we heeded when we we chose to NOT kiss on the lips till the day we said, "I do."  I can attest,  that was an amazing and memorable first kiss!  We believe there are blessings that come from waiting; not knowing everything immediately, not having sex before marriage, not peeking at Christmas presents, not having a car loan, not knowing if your baby is a boy or a girl, not indulging in instant gratification.  From my perspective, things are more enjoyable when you let the anticipation build for that big surprise, wait for that new car you till you pay cash for it, and wait to give your child that precious name till you see them.  You may call us old fashioned,  and maybe we are our of touch with the times on babies, loans, and kisses, but at least on some spiritual topics we can affirm with authority that it is better to wait.

Heaven is one of those topics that we believe God purposefully chose to make us wait and not to give us a limited description.  People who can't wait will write many stories about heaven, and many will be false like Alex Malarkey's book,  "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven. " Yet our impatient culture will continue to devour books about heaven,  even if the authors admits the farce, because "We just can't wait..."  Yet David says that waiting is a must to enjoy that blessed land of the living.

"I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!" - Psalm 27:13-14

So we urge you, if you really want to wait,  you can!  Don't rush into everything.  Don't be anxious to know everything.  Don't believe you have to peek.  You have a choice.  Good things really do come to those who wait, especially when waiting on the Lord!

"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31