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Friday, December 13, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Isaiah 40-27-31(NASB)
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God"? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31 Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Verse 31 is one of those verses that you hear so often that it becomes old hat. Waiting on the Lord is hard in our microwave culture. Waiting on the Lord to give Eileen the strength to tackle a job was hard; she needed a lot of time to recover from the traumas of her teaching job, which took all she had and then some. My intellect wasn't any help in that healing process; the best therapy for me to deliver was to just pray for her and love her and wait for the Lord to heal her spirit. However, the wait paid off. She started a new job working as a bookkeeper over in Lakeland yesterday; it's not as lucrative as a teaching job, but it's a lot less stressful; she won't be taking the work home with her, neither figuratively or literally. She has the energy to do things after work, like lead the worship at our home group last night and to be a prayer warrior able to minister to people. We're getting into a sense of normalcy that we haven't had yet as a married couple; we've had three months of emotional trouble-shooting during her teaching job (and my professor duties) and six weeks of her between jobs. Waiting on the Lord to get us to this point is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do; the prayer, dedication and 24/7 devotion of being a husband is something you can't prepare for. However, it's worth it. Through it all, I've received a love and acceptance from her, that even in her most depressed times, makes the struggle of being her soul-mate well worth it. She has her first full day of work on the new job today as I finish up the last day of classes of Fall semester. While she might not use her Masters in Christian Education on the job, I know that she'll be used of God off the job, as I sense her becoming one of those great ladies of the church who is everyone's shoulder to cry on. Her emotions, like mine, can be a burden and disabling from time-to-time, but when the can be used to be empathetic with people, it makes the downsides of being a tender-heart well worth it.

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