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I read “Reasons Why God Calls Us to Wait” by Paul David Tripp this morning. Tim and I know how it feels to wait. We’ve been waiting for thirteen years for this little church in Romania to thrive. We don’t like waiting. Waiting often frustrates us and tempts us to sin. It tempts us to focus on our inadequacies. It tempts us to give up. It tempts us to fear what others might think instead of looking only to God. Or even to blame others for the aggravating slowness of change!

How eye-opening then to see waiting, not as an evil to endure with much teeth-gritting, but as a welcome tool of God’s grace. Thank you, Paul David Tripp!

Waiting is one of God’s most powerful tools of grace. It’s important to realize in your ministry that God doesn’t just give us grace for the wait. The wait itself is a gift of grace. You see, waiting is not only about what you will receive at the end of the wait. Waiting is about what you will become as you wait. –  Paul David Tripp

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Dealing with the perceptions that Romanians can have of American missionaries can be frustrating. One example: Waiting for the neighborhood kids to climb into my car so I could take them to church I noticed a little old grandma approaching me. She seemed interested in meeting me so I said hello. Then she told me she wanted to come to our church too. “Really?” I asked, somewhat amazed. “Yes!” she assured me. ” I want to go to your church too. My roof’s leaking!”

Sigh.

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