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Sunday, October 7, 2007

At the time appointed...

"At the time appointed I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son" Genesis 18:14
That's another way of saying, "This is going to be a full-term baby." This means a little bit more waiting, doesn't it? And that's not the answer we're looking for! We don't want nine months of carrying a child...nine months of bearing a promise until it comes to the moment of delivery. We want to wake up in the tent one morning and have a crib in the corner with a baby crying in it. For that matter, we'd prefer that the baby be smiling and cooing. Or maybe standing up and walking and talking with a full vocabulary.
We don't want to wait! We want roses, but we don't want to weed or prune or water or wait until they bloom in all their fullness. Nor do we want to acknowledge that God might be maturing those roses and bringing fragrance into our lives through some dark, rainy, overcast days.
Can you remember the days when you actually had to dial a number with a rotary dial and stand within a few feet of the wall because you were attached to it? We need one-button, pre-programmed auto-dial. Speed! No Waiting! Immediate fulfillment! We are all schooled to instant gratification. We pray, "Lord, give me patience and I want it right now!"
Yet the Lord said to that dear elderly couple, "At the time appointed I will return to you, according to the time of life." It was going to be a regular baby on a regular schedule born in the regular way. There is an "appointed time" for me as well. God has been faithful to His word, and He will respond to the heart's desire of His children. What He delivers may not be the very thing I ask for, but it will be the very thing I need. There is much about my life that I did not ask or that I did not plan. But I can see that He has brought fruitfulness to that place where emptiness has reigned, and He has caused my desert to blossom like a rose.
Are you waiting for your "appointed time". It may not take as long as it did for Sarah, but however long it takes, it will be worth the waiting. In fact, while you go through the test of waiting, you will learn more about the Lord's miracle-working grace in your life than you would have learned if you had received a next-day delivery.
The Lord said to Abraham and Sarah. "The miracle for which you have waited will come. But it will be something that grows in your life and
comes forth in the fullness of time."
(this post was taken from personal notes and quotes written from a study on The Life of Abraham by Jack Hayford)
In Him...Chris
Chris can also be found at her personal blog Come to the Table

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Blogger Joyce said...

How God talks to someone comes in many forms. Your devotion was a talk to me from God. Thank you.

October 7, 2007 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Donetta said...

I have been married 25+ years. I waited 16 years to adopt my Daughter and 20 years to adopt my Son.
With my Daughter My labor was a crushed pelvis 3 months before we traveled to Russia.
The Twin towers cam down when we were matched with our Son and we waited until December to travel as some of the first Americans allowed to fly internationally.

October 7, 2007 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Thank you for sharing this.

October 7, 2007 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Oh I loved this. And I do remember my grandmothers rotary phone ;) hehehe....

October 7, 2007 at 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Lynn said...


Needed this today. I am waiting and I don't do waiting very well. I have learned so much, however, just in this time. Great devotion. Blessings to you this day. Lynn

October 8, 2007 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I've always loved the words of Peter...'in due time'...

Don't we often feel 'overdue?' This is such a great reminder to be patient..

loved this, Chris..


October 10, 2007 at 2:22 PM  
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