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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Serve Peace, in the midst of it all (WAIT)…

Serve Peace, in the midst of it all (WAIT)…

15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
   but you would have none of it.
You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
   Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
   Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
A thousand will flee
   at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
   you will all flee away,
till you are left
   like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
   like a banner on a hill.”
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
   therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
   Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:15-18 (NIV)

Hey, PW, THIS IS FOR YOU!  I didn’t know I needed a praise break.  I did need to reach out to the friend who originally inspired me to write this blog.  Every now and then, I am led to call her, certain to get exactly what I need, whether I am aware that I am needing or not.

We share a common friend, who has been leaning heavily upon both of us, lately.  To be the friend upon whom others rely is a daunting, sometimes crushing responsibility.  If you knew the weight of the burden, you certainly wouldn’t want it.  I’d rather not know, since it is hubris to think I could actually provide any meaningful assistance except as a vessel.  This mutual friend has so believed in us both that she reaches out daily, accepting as fact that the answers she needs are within our reach.  After our first or second conversation, I am empty.  I have nothing more to give.  I dread the phone call as much as I dread dreading the phone call.  I wish I could be the solution she needs.  But at a time when I feel like I’m all given out and my own need (while nobody else’s problem) is astounding, I’m stunned into silence.

I call my buddy this morning, and she’s singing.  She’s singing that she’s been up praising God since 5:30 in the morning and she needed to talk to me.  She was feeling the same emptiness I felt and just got her cup filled.  THAT WAS IT FOR ME.  I am learning to serve Peace, in the midst of it all. (Did I mention that she had just ministered to our friend in common and that the blessing has been received???)

Huh? I don’t have my own praise moment yet, but knowing that someone felt the same emptiness I felt and has received their refreshment was enough.  I chose to serve Peace.  I chose to be obedient to Him (Peace, as He is called by so many names) and I now know that my turn will come.  I can face what’s next. 

I am still in the midst of it all, but now it feels like I’m waiting in line.  My turn is coming.  My breakthrough will arrive.  I serve Peace, sharing His Message, trying desperately to live in a way that will please Him, and it’s almost my turn.  That means I can continue to hold on, though my arms are tired and my heart is weary.

Lord, thank you for a knucklehead friend who is as irreverent and honest about her love for You as I desire to be.  Thank You, not just for meeting my needs, but for teaching me to wait patiently upon You, and teaching me that there is a blessing in the wait.  Thank You for answering our friends’ prayers, and for the bigger blessing, not the immediate answer to a prayer but the blessing of refreshment that accompanies the wait.  I don’t want a right away God, I worship a God who is right, with His timing, with His lessons, with His love.  And at all times, particularly the most difficult ones, I am again reminded that God is Good.

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