Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14

Did you get what you wanted for Christmas this year? Can you look back on a Christmas of your childhood and remember a gift you wished for that was not hiding beneath colorful wrapping paper? Was it the Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Robots, the new Barbie camper with all the accessories, a kitty, a puppy, a new stereo, a diamond ring? I bet we can all think back to a gift we wished for that never arrived. In today’s times it doesn’t seem like we wait for much. Everything is instant: instant photos, quick credit, fast cash. This year I even heard that if someone living in New York City ordered from Amazon the day of Christmas Eve the package was guaranteed to be delivered in one hour.  One hour, that is crazy!

In our world today having to wait is becoming a negative. However, learning to wait when understood in the context of the Lord’s plan for us can be a beautiful concept. In Psalm 27:14 we read, Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

This Psalm is reminding us that waiting is the path we are to follow.  It is, after all the path that Jesus followed during his life on this earth and during his death on the cross. Waiting can bring freedom.  Freedom comes in turning to the Lord and building that trust in a higher power.  Just as when we were children, it is not always best to get what we want the minute we realize we want it.  When we learn to live waiting for the Lord’s will in our lives we realize that our happiness is not dependent on getting what we want.

Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for the beautiful Christmas season we recently experienced. We thank you for friends, family and the blessings of life. May we walk into 2015 with waiting hearts. As we serve you in the new year may we seek your will, wait for your timing and embrace all that you have in store for us. Amen.

Devotional and photo by Marge McCoy


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