March on the Rooftop

Categories: Crosstown Kids

15Mar_standard_Patience“Are we there yet?”  I do not like car rides now, and I liked them less as a child.  “Are we there yet?” is a question I repeated time and again on long (and short) car trips. Reflecting on this, I imagine that God must feel like a patient parent, appeasing his kiddos in the back seat during a long journey. Perhaps, he would say, “once we arrive, you’ll forget this long drive because we are going to have so much fun!”  Or, “trust me, this is worth the wait!”

This month, we are tackling this concept in a new and fresh way.

Week 1, we discovered how Esau lost something he could never get back because he was impatient.  Was his birthright worth a bowl of stew?  Genesis 25: 24-34  leads us to our bottom line, “When you think you can’t wait, think twice.”

Next week, in Exodus 32: 1-35, we find the Israelites at the foot of Mt. Sinai, waiting for precious instructions from God.  Instead of waiting, they crafted an idol to worship in place of God and they suffered severe consequences. Bottom line:  When you think you can’t wait, think about what is true.

Week 3, we will visit King Soloman in Proverbs 14:29. He teaches that, “Anyone who is patient has great understanding.  But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is.”  Bottom line:  When you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool.

In week 4, we will learn how talking to God during the time when you are waiting can turn into an amazing blessing. In Samuel 1:6-2:1, we read about Hannah who didn’t get angry when she was waiting for God to bless her with a child. Instead she rested in constant prayer.  Bottom line:  When you think you can’t wait, talk to God about it.  He may not make things move faster, but he will certainly make the waiting easier to bear.

Finally, in week 5, we will study Mark 11:1-11; 14:43-15:47.  The world was ready to be saved and when Jesus came, his disciples were ready for the task.   They thought that as soon as Jesus arrived, the world would be saved…done.  They soon found out that God had something very different in mind that required that Jesus be found guilty and crucified.  Bottom line:  Remember that God’s plan is bigger than yours.

Our memory verse sums it up very nicely, “ Wait for the Lord.  Be strong and don’t lose hope.  Wait for the Lord.”  Thanks be to God, that our hope is in Him and He will give us strength to wait.  His plan is always worth the wait.  I strongly encourage you to do the GodTime devotions with your family this month as we journey to the cross during lent.

Traci Lowry

Author: Traci Lowry

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