Thursday, May 19, 2011

Now, Serving!

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Now, Serving

Do you feel that? That sense of anticipation? The worry? The anxiety? Every expectant parent has had it. Every child waiting for the end of school has had it. The wonderful and awful thing about planning something is the wait. The anticipation that builds up is both joyful and painful. It's really and interesting dichotomy. We both hate and love to wait.

Waiting is not natural. We're doers. Our bodies are designed to move. Our brains are solution focused. We thrive on getting to the 'end' whatever the end may be in a situation. Ever try to watch a movie without watching the end. It will haunt you. You'll have to go and see the end of it, even if you weren't too crazy about the whole movie. We don't wait well. And that's ok.

See, the 'waiting' Isaiah talked about was the kind of waiting that a server does. Not, sit over here and be quiet, but like a good restaurant waiter or waitress, stand by, ready to attend to the needs of the one being served.

Mothers and fathers 'wait' on their children especially when they're young. They are constantly around ready to attend to the child's needs instantly. Adult children often find themselves waiting on their parents. Carrying mom back and forth to medical appointments. Helping dad do chores he is no longer able to do. This kind of 'waiting', the kind that involves action is EXACTLY what we're designed to do.

And when we do it to the Lord, our strength is renewed. We become like eagles. We can run and not get tired. We can walk with strength.

We've seen this in action. Jesus waited on us. He served all humanity with His whole life. He held back nothing in His earthly ministry. He offered His own body, in service to us, in obedience to the Father because that's how much God loved us.

Wait on the Lord. Stand by, waiting to attend to His desire in your life. Your strength will become new. You'll be like the eagles who don't hide from the storm, but who take to the air when the storm comes and glide on the updrafts.

Wait on the Lord.

John 13:12-16
12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
Wait. That's where the peace is.
Evg. Stephanie Robinson
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Fellowship Church
Where Passions Become Reality
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Jonesboro, GA 30238
Alton Watkins, Pastor