While We Wait…

Published on January 16, 2012 by Rosann

dreamstimefree 768481 800x600 300x225 While We Wait…One of the ways my husband and I have kept communication open between us, and Christ at the center of our marriage has been through regularly reading a couples devotion together.   This time we share with the Lord has helped strengthen our spiritual bond with one another.  It has also played a huge role in our ability to persevere in faith through our lengthy season of unemployment.

A while back I posted about this very topic on my other blog, ChristianSuperMom.   I wanted to share it here too, because I think you will find it encouraging and uplifting.

The couples devotion book we are reading is this one.

  While We Wait… While We Wait…

15 Minute Devotions For Couples, by Bob and Emilie Barnes

I'm going to share an excerpt from this devotion that speaks volumes to the transformation that takes place as we wait patiently for God's timing.  When my husband and I read this, we had a very big "Aha!" moment.  I hope you will as well.

Here it is:

Not Yet

One day in this beautiful shop they (an older couple) saw a beautiful teacup.  They said, "May we see that?  We've never seen one quite so beautiful."  As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke.

"You don't understand," it said.  "I haven't always been a teacup.  There was a time when I was red and I was clay.  My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, 'Let me alone,' but he only smiled, 'Not yet.'

"Then I was placed on a spinning wheel," the teacup said, "and suddenly I was spun around and around and around.  'Stop it!  I'm getting dizzy!' I screamed.  But the master only nodded and said, 'Not yet.'

"Then he put me in the oven.  I never felt such heat.  I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled, and I knocked at the door.  I could see him through the opening and I could see his lips as he shook his head, 'Not yet.'

"Finally the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool.  'There, that's better,' I said.  And he brushed and painted me all over.  The fumes were horrible.  I thought I would gag. 'Stop it, stop it!' I cried.  He only nodded, 'Not yet.'

"Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one.  This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate.  I begged.  I pleaded.  I screamed.  I cried.  All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head, saying, 'Not yet.'

"Then I knew there wasn't any hope.  I would never make it.  I was ready to give up.  But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf.  One hour later he handed me a mirror and said, 'Look at yourself.'  And I did.  I said, 'That's not me; that couldn't be me.  It's beautiful.  I'm beautiful.'

"'I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurt to be rolled and patted, but if I just left you, you'd have dried up.  I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.  I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked.  I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened.  You would not have had any color in your life, and if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held.  Now you are a finished product.  You are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'"   ~author unknown

Friends, as we journey through this difficult and frustrating time of waiting, let's allow God to roll and pat us so our heart for Him doesn't dry up.  A deep relationship with us is His desire.

Let Him spin us silly, so we are less likely to crumble in our own emotional meltdown.  He equips us to be steadfast in our faith.

Let's persevere through the heat, trusting God to cool us at the perfect time, at which point we'll emerge stronger than before.  He wants us to become more like Christ.

Let's stand firm so God can color our life with His beauty.  God can and will take our pain, our suffering, our tears, our worry, our frustration, our impatience, and our despair and transform us into a beautiful masterpiece that is a reflection of His glory.

If you click on the image of the Couples Devotion above, it will take you directly to Amazon.com where you can purchase this devotion for you and your husband.   I can't stress enough how important it is to share time in the Word with your man.  It's good for both of you, for your overall attitude, for your faith, and for your ability to keep on persevering through this time of unemployment.

~May Christ's love strengthen and refine you!

Rosannsig While We Wait…

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14 Responses

  1. Kathy Radigan

    Thank you for sharing this lovely story. I know my husband and I always benefit when we pray together. It is hard to wait for what you know you want and have worked for but I agree, when I look back over my life and the things I had to wait for, I can see now the benefit of the timing now. Of course as the time, it felt like God had just forgotten my address. Thanks again dear friend!!

    • Rosann

      Kathy, I'm glad you enjoyed this story. God never forgets. He's simply orchestrating something better than we could ever imagine. :)

  2. AnneM

    I loved that tea story! It definitely puts things into perspective especially when things aren't going the way you want them to. A priest once told me that where you are in life is exactly where you need to be. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Rosann

      Anne, I love the advice your priest offered. Very inspirational and thought provoking. :)

  3. momto8blog

    yes...put God in charge of your life and let Him handle it! works!
    I am yur newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

    • Rosann

      Thanks for your visit!

  4. Heidi Leanne

    Yes, I agree - putting God in the center of a marriage is so important. I know my husband and I used to be so great at this, but now he communtes to work, and leaves before the girls and I are awake and comes home after we're in bed most days. Needless to say, there is not a lot of time for each other, or devotions. I miss that time we had together very much! Thanks for writing this.

    • Rosann

      Heidi, thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comment. It's not always easy to have that special one-on-one time with our mate when life seems to be getting in the way. You may not be able to do devotions together, but you can certainly pray for your man and for your relationship. I will be praying for your family as well. :)

  5. Ali

    Great devotional! We have been going through a very similar trial, and it so helps to step outside of myself, and see the bigger picture. Time is our mortal measuring unit, but Heavenly Father sees the eternal perspective. These trials are but a small moment in the eternal scheme of things and they too, shall pass. I'm grateful for your words of wisdom today!

    • Rosann

      Ali, I'm sorry to hear you are going through a similar trial. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I will for sure keep you and your family in my prayers.

  6. Regina

    When God is in control, you can't go wrong.

    I'm a new networked blogs from voice bok.


    • Rosann

      So true Regina! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  7. Karen Dawkins

    What a wonderful post. Thank you. Right now, I feel like God is spinning me dizzy!!!! Wonderful encouragement to hang on and press in.

    • Rosann

      Thanks Karen, I appreciate your visit and your comment. :-)

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