Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Waiting on the Mail

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14
I am on a mission trip the remainder of this week and thought I'd repost this from June 2010...

Well it has been a week of lasts for us at the Morrison household!! Summer is here but with it comes a little dose of saddness. Our Zach had his last day of kindergarden...I can't believe it has been 5 years since we brought our baby boy home from Guatemala!

I realized today while waiting on the mail carrier to bring my very last minute VBS craft supplies (VBS is tomorrow!) that there are two kinds of waiting: the be productive while you wait or the chew your nails and spaz out wait. I have the tendency to go for the later kind of waiting...I mean, how can you be productive when you are waiting on something that can change the outcome of your best laid plans?

Take today for instance. If I don't get the supplies I need for the VBS crafts today, then I will have to hunt like a mad-woman to find something else by tomorrow. Not to mention, I have already paid for what I've ordered and would have to deal with the hassel of returning the items. I could go on and on...where is that mail lady anyway!!

But when I stop and think about it what does the Bible have to say about waiting? Isaiah 30:8 says, "Blessed are all who wait for Him!" Psalm 40:1 "I waited patiently on the Lord, he turned to me and heard my cry."

These are just a few examples but I get the feeling God is trying to tell us to wait...patiently and productively. Productive waiting means that while we wait on our answer from God we don't just sit still and fret. We continue to work for Him and the Kingdom. We continue to pray, read our bible, perform in our ministry-we don't just sit idle. Sitting idle can lead to a host of other problems like unbelief, fear, loneliness, and many other things.

So, I choose to wait productively today. I've played with my boys (gotten them away from the TV, Nintindo), did some laundary, looked at my stuff for VBS tomorrow. And what do you know, the mail lady just pulled in my driveway!

5 comments:

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Allison. I like that statement - to wait productively - really good.
God bless
Tracy

Eileen said...

Allison, I agree with Tracy. To wait productively. Nice way to phrase it!

Jenifer said...

Great post Eileen. I tend to wait and not be productive. But that, of course, gets me no where. I think of the old saying, "a watched pot never boils." I want to be productive!

Lisa said...

I tend to wait and worry. But that's not what God's Word tells us to do. I want to wait patiently and be productive, working for Him, while I'm waiting.

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

To wait productively... Time management for God? I like it!

:-)

Have a Blessed Day Allison!