Why wait? Why be still? In the book Total Surrender, Mother Teresa writes:

“Seek silence, in order to hear God and follow Him more closely, in this way: silence of our eyes, silence of our ears, silence of our tongues, silence of our minds, silence of our hearts. Quiet all that is not of God and seek to amplify that which is of God: the fruit of silence is faith, the fruit of faith is prayer, the fruit of prayer is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is silence (peace).”

My dear friend Claire sent me these words:

“Mark, I had a wonderful time in prayer today. It really hit me this morning how much faith it takes to wait more so than act and move. Something so powerful and creative happens in the waiting – wings are grown and shaped for beauty and purpose all to glorify God. It’s about fullness, timing, perfect timing.”

Father, thank you so much for Claire’s powerful and profound statement. Thank you for reminding me through her of the value and necessity of waiting. “Something powerful and creative happens.” Yes Lord. It is so true. Give me the grace again today to accept where I am in the process of development and your timing, your perfect timing. I feel like I am standing on the edge of the nest ready to soar but you know when I should jump. I will trust you Lord.

So now, friends, embrace the words of love from the Lord’s heart to yours: “My daughter, My son, call this to mind (think, ponder, and meditate on this) and you will have hope. Because of my great (abounding, measureless) love for you, you will not be consumed (by all that presses against you). My compassions, my mercies never fail. They are new every morning. So great is my faithfulness toward you, My child. Remind yourself again and again that I — ‘I AM’ — am your portion, therefore wait for me. I am good to you whose hope is in me, to you who seeks my face” (Lamentations 3:21-25).

Love you. Bless you. — Mark

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