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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 1, 2012 - Waiting for Midnight

By William E. Richardson

“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4, NKJV).

If you’d been present one Sunday in Troas when the apostle Paul preached, would you have left the service too soon? Yes, Paul got long-winded. Yes, he preached until midnight (Acts 20:7). Then, something unexpected happened.

The initial event would have ended most services: A young man sitting in the third-story window fell asleep and to his death (verse 9). It was still too early to go home!

God restored the young man’s life (verse 12). After that, no one who stuck around remained drowsy. You can be sure they had a worship service.

If you’d been there, would you have left too soon? Would you have lost patience and shut down before midnight? If you had, you would have missed seeing a miracle.

Impatience is not our friend. We pray for a need, and in the days that follow keep watching the clock, squirming in our seats, flipping the calendar page and pacing the floor. We’re trusting God, but it’s almost midnight. Still …

To God, the final inning hasn’t been played, the last page hasn’t been turned. The gap between our expectations and God’s answer may be slimmer than we think. It’s just not according to our schedule.

Like the young man falling out the window, our scenario may even worsen before we witness God’s big finish.

God heard your prayer. He sees your impatience. He also knows the best hour to bring the answer. The perfect answer.

Meanwhile, even in the shadow of midnight, you can find comfort when you say with the Psalmist, “My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning — yes, more than those who watch for the morning” (Psalm 130:6).

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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