Waiting, Waiting, 03JAN
You ever get the feeling you’re supposed to be doing something? But rather you just roll over in bed? And then you see THAT FACE on the waiting cat? Yeah, that says everything (photo attached) – that annoyed grimace means “I’m going to wait here until you move – I’m not happy – I want you up to start our routine”…. The cat is right, I should start the day… actually I was waiting to write today… actually my cat would expect that kind of delay from me…
What would Jesus say?
What would Jesus do but always wait for you?
My Jesus doll (sitting next to the cat) is also seemingly waiting… Jesus waits for me ALL THE TIME… I’m slow on the pickup, He is patient. Jesus puts Himself in front of me to help, He waits. God may find other people to do the work He asks you to do, but Jesus waits at least until you realize that you should have done something…
Jesus is smiling on my plush dolls face (also sitting waiting in the photo). I often think of Jesus smiling because I try to have childlike faith and JOY, that’s my sanguine personality coming thru… Other times I see and feel the STERNNESS of Jesus, sometimes the FRUSTRATION, often His PAIN at so many LOST children. Yes, PAIN. Especially the days I leave church only to drive by the FILLED football stadium or Wawa or Panera and wonder of all the multitudes of people, do they know Jesus? Jesus has all these emotions, and that’s why there is the waiting Jesus. But not with idleness. Jesus waits INTENTLY. Jesus will get in your way until you notice Him.
This particular Jesus doll has been waiting, I finally realize who I am going to gift Him to, a friend in need. I bought this second one for that purpose, without knowing who I was supposed to give it to, Jesus knows everyone needs Him, but who would understand my intentions of gifting and praying Jesus’s comfort to them… Ah yes, Jesus waited until my brain caught up with my heart.
I’m going to give this little doll to my friend who needs all our prayers, she is very sick with rare incurable disease, her body wasting away, she’s using all of it and her energy for her family. She is not waiting, she is working everyday for her family, for answers and for peace. They all appreciate that faith will bring them thru life. They all need prayers for comfort and peace. Thank God they all have Jesus. They do appreciate our prayers… they appreciate time. They, like we, are being taught to “count our days”. I pray them all good days filled with LOVE.
Now, how can we be real Jesus today? and who is like “Jesus in need” today? Who needs our prayers, our patience, our path to cross theirs? Maybe it’s our smiles that are needed, our listening ear, our comfort, our tough love even. What is Jesus waiting for? Only for you to share Him in all you do. And I know that you do.
Thank you for whenever and wherever you SHINE Jesus thru you.
Jesus loves what you do.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
PS, I held this thought and this photo for a couple days to write, it was sitting in my drafts folder. Today a friend sent me a devotion about God waiting, so I finished writing this piece in the WAWA parking lot BEFORE I read the Upper Room piece, and wouldn’t you know, they were perfectly matched, God is waiting… yup…