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