The Pondering Pastor

These "Ponderings" originally appeared as articles in our church newsletter or bulletin or just as the musings of one bald pastor. I place them here to encourage you, my fellow blogite and maybe to help us all in our pondering.

Friday, June 29, 2012

WAITING AND WALKING

THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO MY FIRST DAUGHTER entered the world. Her arrival changed everything and each of the next three kids changed everything, AGAIN! I guess that’s the way it is when you have kids; your world is never the same. You are forced to see things differently, hear things differently, do things differently, and yes, even say things differently. It’s not bad…just different, and I am pleased to say, most of the “different” has been good.  I have been blessed with great kids! (And no, Trinity, we shouldn’t have stopped with you!)
     Raising children has its ups and downs. It has its times of moving at light-speed, and times when things are moving slower than molasses in the wintertime. It is really not so different than the way we are called to live as God’s children. Sometimes we are moving forward with reckless abandon and at times it seems like all things have come to a stop.
     In our reading-through-the-Bible program we have found ourselves in Psalm 119 (it’s a long one, that’s for sure.) I was drawn to Psalm 119:166, and it’s seemingly contradictory phrases. The psalmist wrote,
I wait for your salvation, LORD,
and I follow Your commands.
Waiting and following, or as I wrote in the title of this piece, “waiting & walking.” Both are part of our life as a child of God. Not unlike the raising of children, we wait nine long months, and then all of a sudden they are here. We wonder if they will ever utter an intelligible word and then they never stop talking. We are sure they will never walk on their own and before you know it you’re chasing them through the supermarket. Life is waiting and walking.
     Our Christian life is much the same, and it’s normal. Sometimes we are waiting and sometimes we are walking, and I suppose sometimes we are doing both simultaneously. I guess all I am trying to say is, it may be your time to wait. Then wait with patient hope. It may be your time walk. Then walk in humble obedience. Wherever you are and in whatever you are doing, waiting or walking, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Oh yeah, by the way, happy birthday, kid!

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