Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NRSV)

I would like to share the story of Barry Beck, a thirty-four year old geology professor and a veteran of caving, who led a group from the Georgia Southwestern College Outdoor Club on an expedition to Anderson Springs Cave in the Appalachians of northern Georgia. By 4:30 on Saturday afternoon they had been in the cave five hours, following an underground stream that was nearly a mile beneath Pigeon Mountain. Suddenly, the stream began to rise. Where water had been dripping from the walls, it suddenly came gushing out like water from fire hoses. What they did not know was that the hardest rain to hit the mountain in fifty years had created tons of water pressure on the top of the cave.

The climbers made their way back upstream to a large cavern and climbed to a ledge about forty feet above the rising water. Their teeth chattering, their limbs jerking, they knew of the possibility of hypothermia, shock, and coma. Finally, Beck found a sort of den under the cave roof. To keep warm, they stacked themselves in like cord wood. Then there was nothing they could do but wait in the pit and listen to the roar of the rushing water. Their situation seemed impossible--until a scuba diver made his way up the roaring underground river nearly thirty hours after their ordeal began. They had to wait; they had no other choice.

The reason that some of us never have a spiritual breakthrough in our lives is because we never get desperate to WAIT on God. Instead of waiting on God, we fill our lives and schedules with more activities and busyness. We want God to help us, but we want it on our terms and time. We don't want it to interfere with our lives. We want God's blessings at church, but make sure, Pastor, it happens by 12:00-Noon.

Lord Jesus, help me to wait on you, as I renew my spirit. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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