“The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 NLT
The “waiting patiently” is an oxymoron to me….how can I be patient if I’m waiting? I’ve never been good at that in traffic, at the market or worse, on phone hold! But I see that’s why I need “hope and encouragement” in order to do it. God knew it wouldn’t be easy.
As I feel that time is going slow and we’re not even near the home stretch, I gained some perspective today when having dinner with a friend who is going through a terrible divorce. As she went over the abuse, the litigation, the administration, the emotional strain on her children, sleepless nights and resulting health issues over the past year of what she’s been through…..and to learn that it’s not even close to being over, I stood amazed by her grace and perseverance through it all. How could I fret over a deployment when someone in my circle is going through this horrific ordeal. When I asked her how she kept it together especially as a teacher of young children in her profession, she said, “faith that we will get through it and that I will be faithful to what is right and to my children”. Wow. She states that she had daily devotions and that has been her encouragement and hope.
So my mind has turned away from my personal challenges and tonight, I think of all the people out there that may be struggling with relationships, finances, marriages, children, job or anything else. I pray for hope and encouragement for us all….that we may be led by what is right and good in this life…..that we may be led by love.