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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For A While

You are finally here. After weeks and months of planning, you are here. It’s hot, but you don’t mind. You can almost feel the wind whipping through your hair already. A bead of sweat strolls lazily down your back, but your smile doesn’t waver. As you walk through the gates you grab a map. It’s not like you need one. You memorized the lay of the park even last night before you fell asleep, knowing which rides you would hit first. Your arms swing quickly to keep time with your step. Finally, you catch sight of it in the distance. Your eyes strain to read the sign at the entrance. When you get close enough, you can make it out. Wait time from this point: 1 hour.

Perhaps, you wait in line; but most likely, you will find somewhere else to go for a while.

Abraham never made it to Disney World, but he knew about waiting. God promised to raise many nations from Abram or Abraham, as he is later known. Our Sovereign One also pledged to him the land of Canaan. "To your offspring I will give this land." (Gen. 12:7 NIV) First, Abraham had no offspring. He and his wife Sarai had been trying for many years to have children, but up to this point were not successful. God promised many offspring, while Abraham waited. Then there was the issue of the land. When Abraham arrived in the promised territory, there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. (Gen. 12:10 NIV, emphasis mine)

Do you think Abraham was happy about the unexpected trip to Egypt? I’d venture to say not. God made a covenant and pledged him this land. In honor of the Lord, Abraham built two different altars on his journey to Cannan. He must have been on a spiritual high. I bet as he traveled, he was imagining just what life would be like in this land given to him by our Lord. So, finding the plans had changed was surely a let down.

Have you experienced a recent change in plans? Did you feel God let you down on a promise? Good news, friends. God always keeps His promises. Perhaps, you are in Egypt, but you long to be in Canaan. Don’t worry; God has a plan. You may just be there for a while because of a famine in the land. You don’t have to read far to find Abraham finally entering the promised land – it’s just in chapter 13.

Has God rerouted you to Egypt? If so, hang on. Your promised land may just be one chapter away.

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever- do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8 NIV

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Blogger Denise said...

Very nice, bless you.

March 11, 2009 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Awesome waiting is so hard, no matter if we are waiting on God or waiting in the line at the grocery store.

Great post...

March 11, 2009 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Beth in NC said...

You're right. Sometimes it feels like we are in a horrible strange land ... waiting for the promise to manifest. I am grateful that God is not a man that He could lie to us.

Bless you!

March 11, 2009 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

And then, to top it off, when Abraham first took off, he had no idea where he was going! What faith! At least at Disney, we know which ride we're on, we're pretty sure it's going to be a good one, and we're entertained along the way. ... (We just returned from a trip to Disney on Monday.) Carol, I always enjoy your posts. God bless!

March 11, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I'm not good at detours. I keep forgetting that I am not the one driving.
Great post.

March 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Thank you so.

March 11, 2009 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Fantastic message in this post... and so true.

God's timing is not always our timing, but HIS timing is perfect.

Excellent reminder, thank you!

March 11, 2009 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger ~*Michelle*~ said...

Just blog hopping this morning and wow......God knows His way around the Net to bring me to this message.

I really needed to hear your inspiring words today.

Thank you

March 12, 2009 at 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Abraham was something else, huh? Another point to remember is that when we do have to wait, don't try to jump ahead of God. Remember Hagar and Ishmael?

This is a great post, Carol.

March 15, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

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