A few days ago, I received a phone call from my grandchildren’s school. My immediate reaction upon seeing the number on my phone’s caller ID was to think, “Oh no, what now?” Upon answering, this unfamiliar, unassuming voice asked for me by name. Hesitantly, I responded, “This is she.” Well, the lady went on to explain that the Pre-Kindergarten program had an opening and if I was still interested …and before she could finish her spill, I quickly chimed in a resounding, “YES! Oh yes, what do I need to do?” You see, my excitement was six months in the making. In late August, I registered all three children for school, or at least attempted, but there was no room for the youngest. I was grateful to get the two older ones in the school, but the little one would have to wait. The Pre-K program was filled to capacity, with a long waiting list; so long that he was number 66 on that list. I wasn’t eager, but accepting that God said I had to wait, that is what I did. There was something for which He was preparing us. The book of the prophet Isaiah (40:31) encourages us to wait on the Lord and when we do, there is a great reward. Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate that I wasn’t much into the waiting, but I understood it was necessary. I had become resolved that he would probably not get into school until the following school year. I’m not saying it was easy. There were days when the four-year-old and I seemed to be in a boxing ring together and he came out the winner. I was beaten down at times, worn completely thin. Was I doing well? Sure! Were good things happening? Absolutely! I knew it was the right thing to do, but I had become weary. Well, Galatians 6:9 says, “9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” ‘For in due season’ – hmmm… Yes, His word IS true. Believe it; believe Him. ~ Lisa Martin Benson
One morning I was awaiting the arrival of an e-mail. This e-mail was not coming from a friend, or even someone I knew; but I was told by my friend that the e-mail would soon be on its way to me. Of course, I believed my friend and had no doubt that it would be coming soon. However, the receipt of this e-mail seemed to take quite a bit longer than I had imagined, particularly since I was told that it was being forwarded to me right away. Well, some time passed, and I still hadn’t received the e-mail, not even a notification on my smartphone that it had been received. Perhaps there was something I was missing, so I decided to use my daughter’s laptop computer. I went into my e-mail and still after not seeing what I was looking for, I settled in to wait as long as necessary. Just then I heard, “Check your spam.” There was no one else in the room, but I heard this voice just as clear as though the voice came from someone sitting right near me. I realized Whose voice I was hearing; I knew that ‘internal voice’ and it was definitely one worth listening to. So, I took heed to what I had just heard; I did just what I heard the voice say, I checked my spam. Sure enough, there was the e-mail! The wait was over.
The Lord’s wait for us should be over. He loves us all..more specifically, He loves you and He wants to use you. When He calls, we should answer, just as the prophet Isaiah, by saying, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8b) Be a willing vessel, an instrument for God’s holy use. Be a blessing.. Don’t hesitate. Don’t let it be too late.
~ Lisa Martin Benson
Recently, my granddaughter was ‘reprimanding’ her younger brothers, most especially the youngest. Although she is only 10 years old, she has a great bit of wisdom and can be quite authoritative. Some might say that she’s just bossy, as bossy as big sisters can be!
It all started because the little one who is as authoritative as his big sister, even demanding at times, did not feel much like sharing. He was having such a moment that he was attempting to destroy a shared toy instead of having to share it. While they were having this discussion, more of a lecture session about the boys’ behavior and how “unappreciative” they seemed to her, she stopped suddenly. Although there was a bit of shakiness in her voice, a great calm seemed to come over her. She let out a large sigh and said, “You know, I love you so very much but that was just wrong.” It was as though Compassion walked into the room.
That love, gentleness…compassion she exhibited on that day is the same love, gentleness and compassion we all should have for each other. The Bible tells us, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.” (Psalm 145:8) Since the Lord is so full of compassion toward us; because He loves us so very much, we should behave in the same Christ-like manner toward each other. We should take pause in our interactions with each other, let out a large sigh and say, “I love you.”
There are many depictions of what Christ looks like; compassion is one of them. Who do you look like?
~ Lisa Martin Benson