Waiting in God's timing

January 10th, 2017

Old school Nintendo is back! This holiday season thousands of people across the country waited hours in line hoping to receive the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition. Nintendo launched the NES classic mini-edition in stores and online, but in very limited numbers. The mini NES is the palm-size version of the original Nintendo gaming system introduced in 1985. This retro game system sold in stores for $59.99 with games already preinstalled such as Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Pac–Man, The Legend of Zelda, and more. However, it was nearly impossible for customers to get their hands on one!

Line up

Enthusiastic gamers longing to experience their past lined up outside in the middle of the night and waited for stores to open. Some retailers gave out tickets to those waiting overnight in freezing temperatures and were told to come back. However, even all those with tickets did not receive an NES after waiting a while. This caused some consumers to be angry and boycott businesses carrying Nintendo products.

The waiting room

Whether we are waiting in line to receive a driver’s license, a promotion, a phone call, for a baby to arrive, the weather to warm up or a hardship to pass, nobody likes to wait. Entering into the waiting room of life is just plain frustrating. Yet, it is in the waiting room where we may experience God reshaping our hearts and preparing us to be more like Christ. Learning patience teaches us that we are not in control, which is an opportunity to become more aware of God’s sovereignty. The waiting room of life is also where we begin to learn essential disciplines such as patience, perseverance and endurance. 

Question of the day: What is something you received that was worth waiting for?
Focal scriptures: Isaiah 40:28-31; Genesis 17:1-8, 19-22; Matthew 25:1-13

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