“Success is more attitude than aptitude.”~~Peter Guber
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is foudroyant, “striking as with lightning; sudden and overwhelming in effect; stunning; dazzling.”
Today is Disability Day, a day to raise awareness of the plight of disabled people, as well as to make them more aware of their rights.
I don’t have much to share on a personal level (that seems to happen a lot on Thursday mornings). We didn’t get home from work, last night, until around 6:30. Traffic was horrible, pretty much everywhere. We cooked chili and watched a couple of TV shows, one being the elimination episode for The Voice. At the end, when Braden Sunshine was the one saved by viewers’ tweets, his reaction was pretty adorable. He was visibly disappointed that Korin didn’t get to stay. From what we could see, the results were very close, like 51% to 49%. They kept saying that next week is the semifinal round, but there are still nine voices left. I’m not sure how they plan to do that.
The shocking and sad news yesterday was that someone (apparently multiple people) opened fire on people in a San Bernadino, California, county resource center of some kind. Reports are that there were at least 14 dead and 17 wounded. It’s beyond sad that this has happened right on the heels of the Planned Parenthood shooting. Immediately, Facebook was filled with opinions. I wish just once, we could spend a little time mourning the victims and tragedy before we start attempting to place blame. But I guess everyone is an expert on how we can fix this.
(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)
There is a third category of petitionary prayer. We have looked at asking and lament or complaining. This one is sometimes called “waiting on God.” Many people might not consider this a form of “prayer,” but consider that it might be so.
Jesus tells a parable, in Luke 18, of a woman who was very persistent with a human judge, who finally gave in to her request for justice, if for no other reason than she was driving him crazy. In verse 7, Jesus says, And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?
First of all, we need not believe that the reason that God finally answers our prayers is to get us to shut up and stop bothering him. In this case, Jesus uses a case of human extreme to illustrate a point. The point is that “we should be confident that God will hear us,” but we should also be patient with God, as his timing is not the same as ours. In all honestly, we should be prepared to wait months, or perhaps even years, for an answer to some prayers.
2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, which means that “our time frames are not in touch with ultimate reality.” You might compare our perspective on timing to that of a two-year-old in relationship to an adult. Remember how long it used to take for Christmas morning to get here? Christmas Eve was at least three times as long as a normal night!
There are valid reasons that God makes us wait. One might be that we need to change before the request can be granted. In other cases, it might become apparent that the waiting actually brought about the thing we were praying for. Waiting also develops in us “a far more patient, calm, and strong temperament.”
Father, you have taught me much about waiting in recent years. There are several prayers that I have been waiting on answers for. One was finally answered this past April, although not necessarily in the way I wanted. I continue to wait on another one, but will keep persisting. I pray for this “patient, calm, and strong temperament” that Keller speaks of. Build these characteristics within me, along with wisdom and understanding in prayer.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.