Sunday, May 3, 2009

He's Waiting

I sought the Lord, and He heard me. — Psalm 34:4 Jane Welsh, secretary to Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), married him and devoted her life to him and his work. He loved her deeply but was so busy with his writing and speaking that he often neglected her. Some time into their marriage, she became ill and suddenly died. In a new book by John Ortberg, I read that after the funeral Thomas went alone to Jane’s room and looked at her diary. He found these words that she had written about him: “Yesterday he spent an hour with me and it was like heaven. I love him so.” On another day, she wrote. “I have listened all day to hear his steps in the hall, but now it is late. I guess he will not come today.” He wept brokenly, realizing his neglect of her and her desire just to talk with him. As I read that, I couldn’t help but think, God loves me dearly and waits for me to fellowship with Him. How many days do I forget him? The Lord welcomes our worship, our prayer, our praise,. He has told us in His Word to pray all the time (1 Thess. 5:17). As He did with the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3, Christ knocks on the door of our heart and patiently waits (v. 20). He listens attentively for our call, our cry, our prayer. How often does He wait in vain? — Dave Egner We can know that God is watching, Always present, everywhere, And with hope and joy and patience He is waiting for our prayer. — Roworth

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