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I woke up at 5am this morning with the words, “Though it tarries, wait.” I was in a half-commatosed state and it had to be God speaking because

a) I was half asleep  and b) I don’t speak like that, I don’t use that kind of language.

So I looked it up and this is what I found. It was in the NKV version which I don’t read as much as my NIV bible. The word ‘tarry’ doesn’t appear in the NIV.

Habakkuk 2

New King James Version (NKJV)

2 I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.

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Then the Lord answered me and said:

“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.

 

 

I was both puzzled and encouraged. Puzzled because it could refer to any number of things. Could it be about my sister and mum? I refer to the previous ‘Mother’s Day’ post. Could it be about the promises he’s given me along the way? Is he talking about things I’ve been praying for? Is it a reminder that each day we are nearing the end (although I hope it’s a way off as I’ve got too much to do and enjoy and finish before then!)

Maybe it’s a combination of all of the above or something else. What I do know though is that it encouraged me through those few words which said ‘wait.’ It gave me hope that God is on the case in every area of my life and I wanted to share it with you as a reminder that he is infinitely nearer to us than we can imagine and intricately involved in the tapestry of our lives, in the little things that weave together the bigger picture that is our life and God’s plans for us and for those around us. I get so excited when I see God at work, and he is, all the time! Isn’t it just amazing that he plans and purposes things in our lives that we can’t possibly do by ourselves?

 

 

I looked up the word ‘tarry’ out of interest. My knowledge of Old English words isn’t so good. We don’t use it today do we? So it makes it hard to get to the root of the meaning. Here’s what I found out.

From Middle English tarienterien (“to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay”),

From Old English tiriantirgantergan (“to worry, exasperate, pain, provoke, excite”),

From Proto-Germanic *terganan (“to drag”),

FromProto-Indo-European *deregʰ- (“to pull, tug, irritate”).

From Dutch tergen (“to provoke”), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke”),

From Russian дергать (dergat’, “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up”).

 

 

I love words, and I’m assuming that because you all enjoy blogging, most of you do too. I did get a little carried away but, hey.

It’s interesting that the words harass, provoke, exasperate, drag, irritate come up with the word ‘tarry.’ Isn’t that how waiting makes us feel sometimes? Don’t

you often think “I wish it would come sooner? Does God know what he’s up to? Why do I have to wait? Why, why why?”

 

I look at traffic lights when I’m driving and sometimes when I seen an amber light I speed up to get through it at the lights which are slow to change.

What the amber light actually means is ‘wait’ not ‘speed up.’ Sometimes in areas of our lives we can be tempted to speed up instead of wait and then we get

stressed and wonder why we’re tired or things are not working. Next time I see the amber light I’m going to try to stop, give things up to God, pray and then

wait for the green light. Amber doesn’t mean ‘stop’ it does just mean ‘wait’ and ‘not yet.’

 

 

I hope these words from Habakkuk are as much of an encouragement to you as they have been to me today.

Blessings

But seek first……….

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“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

I have read this verse several times in the past few days and realised that it was one that God wanted me to think about, to meditate on. It is a beautiful verse and used to be a favourite when I was younger but sometimes you forget verses or others seem more significant at different stages in life. It is so beautifully written and shows so much of his loving care. What got me thinking was the idea that each promise from God often come with a pre-requisite, an action required from us. Let’s have a look at some of them….

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

“But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:33

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

“If you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1,2,5

The last two start with an “if.” So these promises ask that we first take action. Blessings from God come each day of our lives but our faith is not a passive one. It is not something that just happens to us. We need to actively seek, trust, listen, delight, come, confess, accept. He longs to give us the desires of our heart when those desires are in line with his but more importantly he wants us to delight in him, to take refuge in him and to actively seek him first.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Happy Mother’s Day……..

 

……….to those of you from the UK near and far!

 

It got me thinking as I received a beautiful home-made card with flowers and drawings. My relationship with my Mum was hard. She has had a difficult life from what she has told me and she found it hard to show affection. She still does even today. I know she loves me but she finds it hard to show it. I played the parent role for so many years that it took its toll from time to time. Even now I listen to her problems and try to support her but the only thing that will solve her issues and heal her pain is the Lord. His salvation and resurrection power.

 

He has sustained me through so many twists in the road and for that I can’t express in words how I feel. Worship and praise is my only response to his endless grace and his loving power. I have had many prophecies over the years about the salvation of my Mum and my sister and several powerful dreams. For that I am thankful but the reality, for the moment, remains that they don’t yet know Christ.

 

I have an amazing Dad whose faith, which began when I was five years old, inspired me so much. His persistence in praying with me and my sister, in reading the bible and in talking about God has made me, in part, the person who I am today. I am so grateful for his insights, his prayer life and his inspirational love of God. The difference in my parents belief systems sadly blew their marriage and our family apart seven years ago but I trust that God is at work and will heal my Mum’s pain. She hides it by keeping busy and burying herself in friends and work and painting. But it’s there, the hurt that she can’t shake off. A hurt which is heartbreaking to watch as a daughter but God is more than able to meet her needs.

 

My prayer on this special day is for my Mum and for myself as a Mum to show Christ to our kids, to teach them what my Dad taught me, that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last and that nothing, nothing in this life deserves more of our time than him.

 

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