God Waits

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirst for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long a I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8 (NRSV)

During prayer time at Stacey Phillips' church in Virginia on one morning, the pastor had them hold hands with those beside them. Cole, Stacey's very energetic two-year-old son, was quietly playing with his toy construction vehicle when his mother reached out her hand to hold his. Cole held her hand for a second, but shortly after went back to running hos toy up and down the pew. A short while later the toy was in her waiting hand, broken into two pieces but fixable. Stacey put it back together for him and continued to hold out her hand. He took the toy, then grasped her hand for a while.

During all of this, Stacey started thinking how God always keeps a hand out waiting for us, even when we're happily going on with life ignoring God or not putting God first. Despite this, when we go to God with our life that has broken into pieces, God puts us back together. We then have a choice to thank God and to take hold of our Creator's hand, or to go back to ignoring God. Either way, God waits for us. Praise be to God for God's ever-beckoning hand and unconditional love.

Prayer: Dear God, forgive us for the times we ignore you. Thank you for always being there to put us back together and to provide true contentment and meaning for our lives, in Jesus' name, amen.

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