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I stopped to pick up my mail at the post office on the way home. Heading out the door, I ran into an old neighbor. He proceeded to tell me all about his recent second, or maybe third, divorce and now that he was “free,” we could “play.”
I have had this conversation with him before. I asserted my “No…” And before I could finish, he dripped with sarcasm, “Oh, that’s right, you’re waiting. Like for how long? You mean to tell me you haven’t had a date in all those years?!”
He pushed and questioned and complimented and said things a woman longs to hear from a man.
And I stood still. I responded that I am waiting because God called me to wait. Anything else for me would be disobedient.
For the next several days, I’d hear that accusing whisper: “You really are crazy. What do you think you’re waiting for? Here’s a guy who wants you…didn’t you say you were lonely? Here’s your chance to have some fun. So many years. Do you really think your husband will change? What’s wrong with you?”
My reading today was Mark 8.
God does speak.
My husband’s “confession” years ago, was so out of character for the man I thought I knew. It brought me to my knees, crying out to God with this question: “Who do You say he is?”
He brought me to this same chapter. The story of a blind man.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When He had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home. Mark 8:22-26
This Word came alive to me. Jesus said to me, “Marti, I am asking you to bring your husband to Me. You know, there was a time when he could see Me, when he did love Me and walk with Me. He is blind right now. Once more…I WILL touch him. I WILL open his eyes. I WILL restore him. He WILL see everything clearly. And I WILL send him home.”
He just didn’t tell me how long that would take.
Further on in Mark 8, I read this:
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But when Jesus turned and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” He said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Mark 8:31-33
Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Mark 8:34-37
“What do you have in mind?” Jesus asks me today.
The things of God?
To believe Me? My Word to you, My desire for your marriage and your family, My plans for a good future?
The things of man?
To “feel good” today, to “give in” to your own desires, to settle for less than My best for you and your family?
I have in mind the things of God.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14
Waiting on the things of God,
Marti in Pennsylvania
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