Thursday, July 06, 2006

equal time for Ruth

i love ruth graham ... i've often said she was the original blogger ... though of course there were no blogs back then!

yesterday, as i was doing my multiple searches for a home to buy, and asking questions like - should we buy? build? what's out there for us? my usual multi-home tasking search ... i came across this timely article by ruth in decision magazine ... it's called,


WAITING FOR ANSWERS

Our son Ned had reached the point in life when he wanted a bicycle more than anything.

He had been playing with his friend Joel that fall and wanted one just like Joel's - today!

"No," Bill said, "Wait until Christmas."

And that was that.

So Joel lent Ned his new bike for a week. Before the week was over, Ned knew that Joel's bike would be too small for him in a few months. So he decided he needed a larger model.

The next week he saw one advertised with the works: three speeds, spring suspensions, butterfly handles, triple brakes, slicks.

This was the one he had to have, and it was still two months until Christmas!

Then I understood, as never before, why God does not answer all of our prayers right away. Today we may be beseeching Him for things that we would not want six months from now.

However, most of our prayers are not "bicycle prayers."

When we pray according to God's will (that the prodigal will return; that the sorrowing may find His comfort; that He will work each situation out for our good and His glory), we know that He hears us, for each of these requests is what He wants.

But at times He has us wait for the answers.

The Psalm 27 command "Wait on the Lord" reads in the old Book of Common Prayer: "O tarry thou the Lord's leisure."

And to many of us impatient souls, how "leisurely" He seems at times!
by Ruth Graham


p.s. ... that last sentence had me grinning!


13 comments:

Badoozie said...

thanks for stopping by the gobhole with your prayers

Jammie J. said...

lovely story and such a perfect picture. :)

how are you doing these days?

Saija said...

susie ... my blogging family, and their unique situations and ways, have become my extended family ... so i count it all joy to pray for whoever needs prayer ... blessings on your weekend!! hope that nasty bug is gone gone gone!

jeanette ... i know, i chuckled when i came across the pic - that is me, being a little out of step at times - yet hopefully realizing it before i fall and hurt myself! i mean, look at the size of that bike!!! ... and we are doing fine, thanks for asking - life is just a wee bit busy and a tad overwhelming at the moment ... i think it's wisdom that i need the most at the moment ... we have many choices but which way to go???? been praying alot about that! (hugs) to YOU ...

Michael said...

Cool picture...
made me laugh.

I do like to laugh.

Take Care
michael

daisymarie said...

leisurely barely describes the turtle-to-sloth-slowness that it seems that God moves at times....

Saija said...

michael ... and can you just see me trying to climb a mountain of a bike - one of my own making too! *chuckling to self* ...

tina ... amen! ruth really said what all of us impatient ones think!

Bekah said...

Saija, you find the funniest pictures! :-) I have been stopping by your site periodically, but amidst the busyness of the summer I haven't had a lot of extra time. Hope you and Leo are doing well. :-)

Saija said...

bekah ... i've stopped by to see what you are up to on occasion too! life has gotten crazy/hectic here too ... thanks for popping by! blessings on ya!

Mrs. Diamond said...

nice bike. lol. i often think that the psalmist david, and the apostle paul would have been bloggers. lol

Lorna said...

loved this :)

Saija said...

mrsd ... :o) ... isn't it great that the weather has cooled - for atleast today - it was getting HOT out there!

lorna ... me too - so right on for what's been going on in my world!

Catherine said...

"Today we may be beseeching Him for things that we would not want six months from now."

That is so true! Wise words.

Saija said...

catherine ... that sentence hit me too ...