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Waiting at the station

I don't remember the sermon title that day, nor do I remember anything about its theme. But I do remember being a teenager, confused about a lost puppy love and hurting as only a teen can hurt.

But as often happens, God sent me a dear pastor, Gordon E. Johnson, who told the story of a traveler who had missed his bus and had to wait for another. "And so," Pastor said, "he sat down on his suitcase and he waited."

The lesson was clear, at least to me. Sometimes we have to be patient and let God answer us in his own time and in his own way. That day I began to learn how to wait to understand what was happening to me. Many times this lesson has strengthened my faith and helped me stay on the right track. More often than not I pray, "Thy will be done," knowing that God will answer my every prayer.


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