Saturday, 2 July 2011

God's waiting room...
So, as I was saying, this book 'Incomparable' by Andrew Wilson is an amazing book. It was given to me by one of my friends for my birthday a couple of years ago, and I put it away somewhere because it didn't look that exciting to me. It was a clear case of judging a book by its cover. Well, recently, I was in one of those 'I need to hear from God' moods and I'd read most of my books so I thought, 'hmmm, maybe I should take a look at this Incomparable book.' It turned out to be a great decision.

So the puzzle I mentioned in my last post turned out to be impossible. For me at least. And the author, and most of the people he knows. After I decided that I couldn't get my head around it, I came to the conclusion that it must be something to do with the way the question was phrased. I think the question makes you think a certain way, which makes you ignore the obvious. Well, that's what I think anyway. So, that particular chapter in the book was talking about God's faithfulness, and how no matter what people say, or how you feel, it doesn't change the fact that God is faithful. In terms of the puzzle, it's a bit like this; Mr Wilson's wife decided that there must be something wrong with the laws of mathematics somewhere, which made it impossible for her to get an answer to the puzzle. It was like saying for example, that maybe, one plus one doesn't equal two after all. She basically believed in her mathematical abilities more than she did in the laws of mathematics. Mr Wilson did point out though, that he thought she was joking. But the point he was trying to make was this; even if there is something going on in your life that you can't get your head round, even if it seems to you that God is not faithful, or keeping to His word, even if everything seems to point to the fact that God is unfaithful, it can't be, because God IS faithful. Just like the laws of maths will always hold no matter how much the situation seems to point to the contrary. 

God has always come through for me, and I have to constantly remind myself that He is faithful, no matter how I feel. At the moment, I'm waiting on Him for some stuff. Some very important stuff. Like the most important stuff in my life right now. Who would've thought eh, barely a month after He sorted me out with some other important stuff. So, I was thinking how it seems to me like God always gives me just enough trials to keep me coming back to Him. I guess He loves hearing my voice. I also think one of the things God is teaching me (which I thought I'd learnt but turns out I haven't) is what waiting on Him really means. I'm so impatient, I absolutely hate waiting for stuff, especially when I don't see the need to wait. But anyway, with this one, there's absolutely nothing I can do and I just have to sit and wait. It sucks. But I'm learning. To prove that I am, I wrote a poem and I've decided to share it with you. Enjoy!

                                  Waiting well

It's been three months, and I'm still waiting for an answer
Three long months, still waiting at the feet of the master
'When, when, when!' is all my heart keeps crying
I know you said to wait, but I can't seem to stop prying

Another month rolls by, and I think now is the time
But nothing happens and I begin to wonder, 'Is the fault mine?'
How much longer Lord, will I have to wait
Surely four months is a great test for my faith!

But then I decide to take a look at Your scriptures
For in it, I find a glimpse of my own future
Turns out waiting is actually for my benefit
For when it is over, I'll be complete and spiritually fit

So I ask for grace to wait, and not impatiently
To take the lessons and learn them most thoroughly
For if I can wait with joy, not expecting you to tell
I'd have mastered the art of waiting, not just waiting, but waiting well


  1. Fantastic! I also have found myself in similar positions in the past. Usually, After the fourth month, my attention turns to something else! Not very good at waiting for anything never mind on someone that we cant see but have to go by His Word. I think every test of Faith is in the end rewarded accordingly and yes you guessed it, your reward also has to do with how well you Waited on the Almighty. Waiting on God is something that we must all learn how to do, and learning is something that takes time and patience. So, I think you can see the point. What a wonderful poem, Original, intelligent and enlightened. You are truly blessed. Remain an Ambassador of Christ.

  2. I believe the "math" puzzle is all about perspective. The men paid $27, received $3 back, they didnt feel cheated. The restaurant billed $25, received $25 and gave back $5, the hotel mgt will be happy cos they weren't cheated. Final perspective, the waiter received $30, paid out $25 to the restaurant, returned $3 to the men, stole $2, so he made a 'profit', so he was happy, they all felt happy and satisfied. If however you bring them all together, you create a chaos. Simply put, combining christian and carnal perspectives creates an illusion, a puzzle. God is faithful, and Faith is simply illogical, therein lies its beauty. The men at the restaurant had "faith", and even though they were cheated, they were satisfied cos they felt they gained (27 versus 30), lol. I have mathematical solutions to the puzzle sha...Kai, just wrote an epistle as a comment

  3. @Kebillah, yeah waiting isn't very nice, especially when you have no idea how long the wait period will be for! Knowing that the Person we're waiting on never disappoints helps though. Glad you like the poem! :)

    @Anon, wow. I love what you came up with. I must say I never thought about it like that. I'm not sure that the point of the puzzle was about combining christian and carnal perspectives, but I completely agree that bringing the three different perspectives together is what creates confusion in the mind of the reader. They only make sense when reasoned out separately. Thanks for sharing, I would like to see you mathematical solutions though! ;)

  4. Renny, you are such a good poet! I love all your poems.. I'm copying this one, i'll say it as a prayer to God! Thanks!

  5. Thank you Chinny! By all means copy the poem, I'm honored! :)