Thursday, February 24, 2011


We canceled classes and groups at church  last night.  Local forecasters had promised a winter storm would dump snow on us, which means chaos in our area.  So.  We closed our campus.  For most of the night, we relaxed, waiting for the storm. But. The storm did not come.   A flurry of  creative-fun--hilarious-mocking phone calls and texts came, cautioning me to be safe in the non-existent blizzard conditions.  Hours later, the snow came.  Finally.

The thing is . . . waiting is rarely fun, but mostly challenging and difficult, requiring trust and hope . . .  with expectancy for something more to occur.  Even, so.  We tend to be impatient while we wait, wondering, if, God will come through for us.  Prayer during waiting times is usually focused on the waiting to be over and what we need, rather, than on learning how to trust and hope with expectancy.  Because.  We really don't want waiting to be God's will.


The Lord is my portion or share,
says my living being (my inner self);
will I hope in Him
expectantly for Him.
The Lord is good to those
who wait
expectantly for Him,
to those who seek Him
[inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word].
It is good that one should hope in
and wait quietly
for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord (Lamentations 3:24-26, AMP).

The writer of Lamentations brings clarity to the times we wait, especially, delineating God is good to us.  But.  We miss God's goodness when we face a time of waiting, giving our energy to frustration, anxiety, worry, and stress, refusing to believe it could be God's will to wait. So. We must intentionally relax, i.e., quietly wait, putting our energy into seeking God, asking to be empowered with a new-fresh-strong-expectant trust and hope during waiting times in order to engage with Divine goodness.

Wait with an expectant trust and hope.  

Refuse to be frustrated, anxious, worried, or stressed.  
Quietly wait.  
Seek God.

Learning to Kickstart the day experiencing the goodness of God in the waiting times,


(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)