Charlyne Cares for Kids

Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

All the Waiting

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”  Habakkuk 2:3

It had been an unusually mild winter in their part of the country but now Travis was helping Dad prepare for the big winter storm headed their way. They got gas for the snowblower and made sure it was working. They cleaned off the shovels, checked on the furnace, and put new batteries in the flashlights. They had gone to the store to stock up on necessities in case the storm lasted longer than the weatherman predicted. They checked the cold weather gear to make sure they had hats and scarves and gloves that worked. They did everything they could to prepare ahead of time. Now they were waiting.

Travis had some good experience at waiting. He and his dad had been waiting for Mom to come to her senses and return from the far country for some time now. They had done what they could to prepare ahead of time. Dad had continued to show unconditional love to Mom, even when she did some not so lovable things. He continued to zip his lips when people asked about her. He prayed for her and often asked Travis to join him. Dad was prepared.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.  James 5:16 (NLT)

Whenever Travis said something to Dad about all the waiting, he would open his Bible and tell Travis about all the people in the Bible who had to wait for God’s blessing. He told him the story of Sarah and Abraham and how God had promised them descendants but they had to wait a long time for their son. He told the story of Joseph and his dream and all the things that had happened to him before his dream came true. He recounted the stories of Rachael and Peninnah who waited a long time for children of their own.

He told the powerful story of the Israelites in Egypt, waiting for their God to deliver them. And once it began to happen, they had to wait even more. God had taken them the long way around on their journey, to keep them from harm and to show His mighty power at the Red Sea. And even after this miraculous event, they had to wait even longer, wandering in the desert because of their disobedience.

Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there!  Psalm 77:19 (NLT)

Dad told Travis the story of Jesus and how the Israelites had waited for the promised Savior for hundreds of years. He told him about John who went ahead of Jesus, preparing the way, opening the people’s hearts, preaching repentance and salvation. He told him how, even when Jesus came, there were many who didn’t believe.

Travis liked these stories from the Bible. The people who waited faithfully then gave him the trust to wait faithfully now. He knew that the waiting was worth it and that God would turn the wait around for good.

The next morning dawned bright and sunny. Travis figured there was a lot more waiting for the storm ahead of him. But as he walked home from school, the first snowflakes started to fall. He knew that he and Dad were prepared and that the waiting was over. Maybe the waiting was over for other things in their lives, too.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.  Psalm 27:14

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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