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The Waiting Room - Monday, December 25 - Christmas - Advent 2017 Devotional

The Waiting Room
Monday, December 25 - Christmas
Glenda Thomson, RPC member since June 1999

Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness," So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. - 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NRSV)

When I think of waiting, I think of waiting rooms. Doctor offices, job interviews, hospitals. Places where you wait for answers.

I remember waiting in a doctor's waiting room with other ladies. They were all pregnant. I was waiting to hear the doctor give the good news that I was pregnant. After waiting for a time, my name was finally called. When I sat across from the doctor to hear those words, "Mrs. Thomson you are pregnant," I did not hear them. Instead I heard, "I'm sorry, Mrs. Thomson, but you have had a miscarriage." I was heartbroken and angry. It was the most painful words I wanted to hear. Like Paul, I felt like a thorn was in my flesh.

Along the years I have had many pricks of the thorn.

The long wait in the hospital waiting room finally came to an end when the doctor walked in. The words I was waiting for were "your husband will recover." Instead I heard those haunting words once again, "I'm sorry, Mrs. Thomson." I was told he would not recover and that he had died. Once again, the thorn came into my flesh. Once again, I was asking God, "WHY?" 

I finally learned I had to put on my listening ears, so I could hear God's words, "I have plans for you, my servant."

I never lost faith. I also knew God was with me. He comforted me when I needed comforting. He loved me and guided me. I opened my heart and mind and received His Grace.

We all have thorns in us like Paul. But God is with us.

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, open our hearts and minds to gratefully receive your gift of GRACE. In Jesus' name. Amen.


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