Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Stop Scratching

But God’s not finished.
He’s waiting around

to be gracious to you.
He’s gathering strength

to show mercy to you.
God takes the time

to do everything right.
Those who wait around

for him are the lucky ones.

Isaiah 30:18 (The Message)

All good things come to him who waits supposedly originated with the French tracing back to the 1500's. While it seems that waiting has been an issue for generations it would appear that the origins of all good things come to him who waits has a much longer history than France. The inability to wait and allow good things to come can probably be traced back to our initial parents–Adam and Eve.

Throughout any given day we’re always being asked to wait, forced to wait or wait by default. Waiting seems to be the undiagnosed itch that we keep thinking will go away but only becomes more irritated with our scratching. We just don’t want to take the time to wait.

Isaiah’s definition of waiting isn’t particularly comforting, in fact, it promises a lengthy scenario! Not only is God waiting to be gracious to us, but he takes... time to do everything right. Nothing can be hurried or impulsive when everything turning out right is at stake. It’s all there--graciousness, mercy and rightness–the healing balm for the waiting itch. What is required of us is to stop scratching, allowing time for the balm to do its good work.

Creatures of habit find it difficult to change. But, in order to experience the right, gracious, mercy of this God who isn’t finished with us we have to wait. It’s in our remembering of everything that was right from our past that we find ourselves believing that God is now gathering strength for our waiting future. Now, if we could only stop scratching!

Jesus, I find waiting a habit
that isn’t easily changed.
Thank you for loving me enough to wait
until everything is right.
Help me to become a waiter of all that is
gracious, merciful and good

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