Waiting for God

©2014 Ratana Lay/World Vision

©2014 Ratana Lay/World Vision

Are you waiting for an answer from God?

I have a list of prayer items for each day of the week – I pray for my church on Mondays, for my small group on Tuesdays, and so on. Sometimes the requests that go along with those items are the same for weeks on end. For a relationship to be restored. For healing from an illness. For hope and purpose in times of suffering.

And yet, I’ve been thinking a lot about waiting lately. God has provided so much for me and my family. We do not go hungry. We have clothing and family and safety.

What does waiting look like to those who lack even the basic necessities? How can one pray each day for God to show up when it seems like He is absent from their whole world?

As my colleague Cory Trenda once wrote:

Faith is what you must have when you don’t already possess what you need. Let’s admit it: for us, faith is usually optional, something that kicks in when a loved one is sick or some situation is beyond our power. For the poor, exercising faith is as daily a regimen as my morning stretches.

Today, in the midst of our bounty, let us not forget those who are still waiting for God.

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” ~Micah 7:7

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