Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Next time you’re in a queue...

MAKE the most of a queue! I find now that waiting is very much part of everyday life, so much

MAKE the most of a queue! I find now that waiting is very much part of everyday life, so much so that railway and bus stations, doctors’ surgeries, opticians, chemists, hospital outpatients departments and many other places usually have specially designed waiting areas or rooms.

Often we find waiting frustrating; it makes us immediately anxious when we join a long queue. We get tense and sometimes angry with growing impatience, especially when held up in a traffic jam or when our bus or taxi is late.

We can get very uptight when waiting for hospital tests and results.

Even our shops have fewer assistants to reduce queuing.

Today our lives are lived every minute of the day and we don’t like to waste it on waiting.

In the past many people have waited hundreds of years for what they have yearned for, we read of these incredible stories of God’s work in the Bible.

Simeon had spent many years waiting and praying in the temple as God had promised that he would see the new-born child Jesus Christ before he died.

The promise was kept and Simeon recognised the Son of God, our Saviour when placed in his arms and gave thanks to God for Jesus Christ who is here with us now by his Spirit.

We can talk to him anytime, especially when we are troubled, and how calming it is to leave some space to hear if he speaks to us in our hearts.

For me, being in a queue is the perfect time in my busy life to talk to Jesus.

“The Message” is a modern translation of the Bible and the Psalm writers echo all the frustrations and concerns that we experience today.

In Psalm 62 are the wordsâ?¦

God, the one and only, I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I need comes from him, so why not? He’s the solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul. An impregnable castle, I’m set for life.

Next time you find yourself in a queue, remember that Jesus is there with you too, ready to listen to you and to make waiting in a queue a blessing and joy to your heart.

Take time to establish a relationship with the living God, you will find that it is priceless and compares to nothing else.

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