Get Ready and Wait, 15FEB – #1402

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Driving up home it was 22 degrees and sunny, but this morning it has taken quite the dip! It is not windchill, it’s really MINUS SEVEN DEGREES (Fahrenheit)… but it will warm up again today to 22 if we wait. It’s OK to go out at minus seven if you get ready for cold… We had a whole winter like this once.

I couldn’t wait to get here but had to WAIT. Wait to organize my responsibilities, line up my commitments and tackle my tasks. I had to really work to get the opportunities to be here for some time off.

The snow, now turned to ice, is now solid on the sides of the roads. It HAS to wait for spring thaw. It’s the weather we weather in February. It’s not just run in and out, it’s wrap up in layers, it means take time to WAIT and warm up the car, have provisions ready, or stay in and WAIT,  but you can’t wait until June for warm weather, you have to be ready for whatever in whatever whenever weather.  

Likewise, I can say of times in life, God says Go, but WAIT, DON’T go until I make you ready… other times He says WAIT for a LONG time… 

In the continuing story of Sampson and Saul, Saul was told to WAIT for instructions, and he was told that He would be changed… “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”

What did Saul have to do? WAIT for God’s instructions and get ready to serve.  I find myself in that position too. Why would we be any different. When the Spirit of the Lord needs us to serve, we serve. He gives you ALL you need. When you need to go out, you prepare and praise.  When you are sheltered in, you praise. Put on the armor of God and keep the home fires burning too. Wait for the season to change or you to change. 

Saul, for these times, was chosen by God for many tasks, including teaching Israel a lesson. Future challenges await, but for now the challenge is for Saul to accept the change he did not ask for.  And wait for serving… 

There is no better way to serve than the wait for the cook to cook it up first. We can wait on God too. Prepare to serve… then serve…

Don’t be left out in the cold, prepare your hearts for the Lord’s instructions. When it’s time,  we can wrap up and move… Let’s be warmed by His Love. 

Amen 

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They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.  As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’

“Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them. “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

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