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Faithful Waiting

Today’s Reflection

I’VE PASSED MANY dark nights sitting quietly on the deck of my house with my eyes on the heavens. A variety of feelings drive me to this tranquil place: worry, restlessness, desire for peace. From that comfortable and familiar vantage point, up through the prickly Georgia pines, God’s creation slowly becomes visble. As I sit in anticipation, looking at the inky black, a true spectacle reveals itself, moment by moment. The stars appear to brighten, and before long I can trace my favorite constellation. This once-darkened sky fills to overflowing with sparkling light!

And so it is when I try to live my life fully dependent on God. I may feel as though I am stumbling along in the dark—the job isn’t fulfilling anymore, the kids act as though they are from another planet, someone I love just got a troubling report from the doctor, daily pressures squeeze the joy from life. The next step seems shrouded by fear, uncertainty, doubt, or disobedience. Yet, if I remain still, God sheds the light I need to take the next step. The light may appear dim, but if I am faithful in my waiting, God too is faithful to reveal grace and mercy to brighten the way.

– Kay Nesmith
Disciplines 2010

From “Joy and Strength in the Word” by Kay Nesmith, page 33 in
The Upper Room Disciplines 2010: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.”http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book. Participate in a discussion of current Disciplines here: http://books.upperroom.org/blog/

Today’s Question

Do you have a special place where you go to pray? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.
Exodus 34:39, NRSV

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  • Jill February 4, 2013, 3:31 am

    My blue chair is where I begin each morning – in my quiet space. How I miss it when I am away. I am grateful to be an “early bird”. It is good to linger – and wait upon Him and with Him.

  • robert moeller February 4, 2013, 4:38 am

    When I wake up and before I go to sleep, in bed, wherever I am, my day begins and ends with God.

    Lord I continue to pray for those who are unemployed that they with your guidance, patience, and wisdom will soon be at work again. Thank you for being with them in their search for a job. In your name I pray,

  • Larry Eugene Dyer February 4, 2013, 10:52 am

    Abiding faith is not easy but assuridly rewaded. When we have no idea of what is to come and we are overwhelmed by where we currently find ourselves and the only thing we can do is t0 trust God, our faith becomes real. In those times we learn the depth of our very bieng and experience the true meaning of faith. Once God has led us through the difficlut, we realize the greatness of God and the fact that no matter what may happen God is with us and will guide us and increase our faith. Praise God !!!

  • Michael Ulmen February 4, 2013, 12:32 pm

    There is a story about an Astronomy student who asked his Instructor; ” Is there a GOD?” The instructor replied; “Go outside on a clear night and look up into the sky, and yell;’Are you there, GOD?’ ”
    The student did that , and didn’t think he experienced anything, so
    he went to the Instructor and Said “I tried what you said and I thnk It made me look like a fool!” The Instrctor replied, “That’s a good place to start from!”

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 13, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Mostly I go the the neighborhood parks to pray. Thank you God for places where we can be so close to you and be still listen to you and talk to you.

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