Waiting


I am pretty good at waiting, for the most part.  Yesterday we were at the vet to have simple rabies vaccines for the doggies.  Since they are so tiny and have reactions to shots, we space out their vaccines.  They were busy at the clinic and it took a long time.  That doesn’t bother me.  Waiting in traffic is no problem either.  Waiting for God to answer my prayers can be another thing all together.  While praying for a friend this morning I was reminded of a story from Acts 3 .    One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.  Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.  Cool story isn’t it.  There is a part I highlighted, “where he was put every day.”  Why did I highlight that portion of the verses?  Because Jesus had to have walked through that gate some time while he was on this earth.  Yet Jesus didn’t choose to heal the man.  He waited until Peter and John walked through the gate to allow them to heal the man.  It was His plan and His timing.  I need to be patient and wait on the Lord’s timing and plan for answers to prayer.  Sometimes He gives deliverance, sometimes He gives Grace, but He always makes a difference.  I lift my eyes to you Lord, and wait for your answers with Hope in my heart.

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