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 remember a story about a fellow who walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had. He said, "Shingles." So she took down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat. Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked him what he had. He said, "Shingles." So she took down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told him to wait in an examining room. A half-hour later a nurse came in and asked him what he had. He said, "Shingles." So she gave him a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, told him to take off all his clothes, and wait for the doctor. An hour later the doctor came in and asked him what he had. He said, "Shingles." The doctor said, "Where?" He said, "Outside in the truck. Where do you want 'em?"

I'm sure doctors are used to being kidded--just as pastors are. We appreciate those who dedicate themselves to the medical profession. Most of us have only one complaint and, according to the American Medical Association, it is the leading complaint of Americans about doctors. That is the amount of time spent in the waiting room. It's frustrating to be feeling terrible and then have to wait.

Have you every felt that way when you are waiting for an answer to prayer? Good things can come from waiting!


God of hope, help me in my moments of waiting to see you plan. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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