This week I went to one of the local nursing homes to play the piano for the church service.  As I entered I watched as some of the ladies from the church were gathering the patients and bringing them into the chapel for the service.  Some of the patients had been in their rooms, while others were in the hallway, patiently waiting for someone to help them. I went on into the chapel and began to play the piano.  I looked up to see many of them mouthing the words to the old hymns I was playing and some were even humming along. When the service began I enjoyed watching these sweet souls sing along with smiles on their faces.  I began to think about their day and how much time they spend waiting for help.  Waiting to be bathed, waiting to be helped out of bed, waiting for company to come.  So much waiting.  Most of them could not leave the chapel on their own when the service ended, they had to wait to be taken out.  They were totally dependent upon others.  Most seemed to be patient because I guess waiting has become a way of life.  Waiting… patiently waiting.

One of the hardest things for me to do is wait.  If you were to ask any one of my friends, they would tell you how often they have to remind me to be patient and wait.  Why is it so hard? As I carried my girls to school this week, we were behind.  So I was trying to push the speed limit to get them there on time.  As we were driving through the park a very slow car pulled in front of us.  I truly wanted to drive upon them, they were going so slow.  Or was it that I was so impatient because I didn’t want to wait. We all know the answer to that!  My daughter said,” Mom blow the horn so they will go on.”  I laughed and it was a good reminder that it wasn’t their problem that we were running late. Nor was it their problem that I was being very impatient.

There are so many scriptures in God’s Word about waiting.  As I was reading in I Kings this week, I was reminded of a time Elijah had to wait to hear God’s voice.  In I Kings 19:12, God told Elijah to go out and stand on the mountain and He would pass by.  When Elijah went out to wait for God, a great storm came and the mountain began to crumble, there were strong winds that came, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the winds, there came an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake there came fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  Then after the fire there came a still small voice, the voice of God.  I loved this story.  It reminded me of several things.  Number one, Elijah had to wait and endure some strong winds, an earthquake and fire.  I don’t imagine he just stood in one place as these events occurred.  He had to seek refuge.  Yet He knew God was coming to speak to Him, so he waited.  God was so much greater than the winds, the earthquake and the fire.  Elijah stood without wavering in order to see what God wanted to say to him.  It struck me to hear God’s voice and know His plan for my life, I must endure the storms, stand unwavering, and I will hear the voice of God. My place is to wait and be patient and trust God to reveal Himself to me in due time.  He is the same God who came to Elijah just as He said He would.

This week may we seek to stand and patiently wait for whatever God is speaking to us about.  I want to hear His voice.  I want to wait for the exciting plan He has for me.  I pray that I will learn to be more patient and know that He has always met my every need.  He is trustworthy.  I am so thankful.  Have a great week.   Psalm 37:7, Rest in the Lord and wait patiently on Him.

In His Service

Tammy Daniel