Glory Seed Devotional 12/12/2014

A Glory Seed Devotional

We are Students of Patience University…

“Lord, like a loving parent, you offer me your comforting hand. Help me to wait for your coming with patience and to listen to what you ask of me. I want so much to be one of “your people” and to live my life in you. Thank you for the way you bless my life. Thank you for listening to my prayers and for planting deep in my heart the knowledge that with you, nothing is impossible.”**

I’ve read the above prayer several times in order to get a “feel” for where I should go with it and each time I find myself “tripping” over two words wait and patience. Not because I am impatient but as ex-impatient person it reminds me of our continuing need for patience and the experiences that have nurtured the patience the Holy Spirit has birthed in me.

You probably already know this but in case you don’t or you’ve forgotten let me put this as simple and as clearly as I can – You cannot rush God, there will be times when all you can do is wait! “But those who WAIT for Yahweh shall renew their strength. They shall go up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, LEB, emphasis mine)

I became a lifelong student of Patience University (affectionately known as Ole PU) in the mid 1980’s when for the first time I underwent hip replacement surgery which turns out not only slowed my walking pace but as a “divine fringe benefit” (blessing) slowed the pace of my life down as well. Not only did the surgery itself teach me patience but all the years my surgeon spent in training to did as well. However, the greatest lesson in patience struck me this morning as I thought of Jesus’ birth and all the “silent” years and the transition from Jesus the son of Joseph the carpenter to Jesus the Son of God at his baptism by John.

Reflecting back on my years at Ole PU I am beginning to understand that we don’t really learn patience instead somehow the Holy Spirit births in us what the apostle Paul calls the Fruit of the Spirit. “God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires.” (Galatians 5:22–24, CEV)

One last thought… I’ve been an Ole PU dropout a couple of times and it ain’t pretty! My advice is stay in school!

Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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Jesus said, “I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” (John 8:12, CEV)

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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”

**“Taken from Praying Advent, on Creighton University’s Online Ministries web site:
http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html
Used with permission.”

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