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Monday, September 12, 2016

Wait Upon the Lord

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

“Do you have many readers for your blog?” a friend, Matthew, asked one day.
“Not really. In a week’s time, I have between fifty-five and eight-five readers who log-on,” I said.
“Wow,” another blogger-friend added. “Only my mother and sister read my blog.”
Matthew thought for a moment and said, “I’ve wondered if blogging is worth my time.”
Some believe that Isaiah 40:31 (above) refers to the physical coming of the Lord. Others believe this verse means to wait upon the Lord as a servant would wait, or take care of, their boss. In Isaiah’s time he would be talking about the coming of the messiah. In the New Testament, it would mean the second coming of the Christ. I like to think of Isaiah 40:31 as waiting on him as a good and faithful servant of the Lord God.
When we live life in the here-and-now, we do the immediate thing in front of us. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus said to pray for our “daily bread,” not the whole loaf.
“I look at blogging as an act of obedience,” I continued with Matthew as I thought of the nine years I’ve been posting on this Prayer Therapy blog. “The Lord whispers words in my ear. I write them down and post them on my blog. The blog stats tell me that people in various countries around the world read the posts. I get feedback from readers who say that the few paragraphs I sent out where just what they needed to hear that week. So, it doesn’t matter to me how many people read it. If one person is blessed, then it has been a blessing to me.”
It has been hard to keep up with the weekly blog since my back surgery last year. But, once in a while, the Lord hands me a new topic. After spotting a quote from John Wesley, I posted—Be a Uniter, Not a Divider—on July 29. I usually check a few days later to see what countries have viewed the post. On that July 29th, after nine years of blogging, there were the following readers: twenty-one from Russia; six from France; five from  China; four from Japan; two from Germany; two from Romania; one from Latvia and …  from the United States there were 25,897. I don’t know who. I don’t know why. To my small thinking, I think God was letting me enjoy a few days as the numbers crept up. Now, what fun was that?! I was obedient and God let me enjoy the day. I said, “The day.” He didn’t open the door to a flamboyant writing career. He let me enjoy the day, and that was more than enough for me. Let us pray:
 “Father God, I wait on you, for the second coming of your son, Jesus, and I gladly wait on you as a servant takes care of their master. If I do nothing but wait all of my days, it will be the privilege of my life to serve you. For this day, show me someone to encourage, to bless with your love, to touch with your healing power, to listen to as they speak. Forgive me when I have dwelled on the hurts of the past and have failed to see you in the face of someone around me. Forgive me when I have pleaded for a future gift and have missed the blessed ministry of today. Let me see you all round me and serve you there. In the name of your son, my savior Jesus the Christ, I pray. Amen.”
"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”
Copyright 2016 Doris Gaines Rapp

Length of Days trilogy, by Doris Gaines Rapp: All three are available in paperback and eBook at and Barnes and, as well at
Length of Days – The Age of Silence   (© 2014)
Length of Days – Beyond the Valley of the Keepers  (© 2015)
Length of Days – Search for Freedom  (© 2016)
Also on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Cokesbury:
Escape from the Belfry
Hiawassee – Child of the Meadow
Smoke from Distant Fires
News at Eleven – A Novel – Serialized on
Escape from the Shadows – release date late 2016

The Garden of Aden – release date 2017