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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Waiting...

Are you able to recall the last time that you waited for something or someone? What is your feeling when you waited with full eagerness for that something or someone? Is it enjoyable, desperate or it doesn't pinch you hard enough because you aren't really expecting for it in the first place? Be it waiting to receive your not-so-fantastic school results, extremely slow date, deeply-missed child who is now studying oversea, your new house for your marriage, or just a a simple wait at the bus stop, I am sure most of us have gone through the process of waiting in its variety.

Sometimes we waited with great hope in high spirit, while sometimes there is only excruciating pain in that waiting for there is no hope in it. Or better still, we don't feel any swelling joy or pain in the wait simply because we don't care more or less if we will to get what we have waited for. Nevertheless, waiting itself is an art. It is necessarily important to determine what is worthwhile to wait for. But what is equally important is the process of waiting, for God can mould us through that long process. Easily recalled is the popular concept that God's answer to a prayer is either a "Yes", "No" or "Wait". What this short article hopes to achieve is to offer some comfort to those who are still wandering the Desert of Wait.

Whichever kind of waiting we are in, it is vital to know and understand that God is right there with us -- right there in our waiting, for us! Often in our waiting, we lost our eyes on God and fail to feel His great love that He has lavished on us through His Son Jesus Christ. If in any point in time of our waiting we feel despair, we should always remember back in the Garden of Gethsemane where our Lord Jesus Christ prayed and waited for the Father to take away the cup -- the road to crucifixion. Right there in the garden, our Lord Jesus Christ waited just as we have waited. Yet, he has not complained once like we did so many times. The deciding factor must have been that our Lord Jesus Christ knows how to draw strength from the Father in the hours of waiting.

Father, in our lives we may have many times of struggling, but we thank You that You know every one of them. Too often, we fail to stand the test because our fragile mind and body are so weak. Therefore we ask of You to help us in our moments of waiting. Grants us strength and joy, and darkness will be daytime to us. We would not ask for an easy way out by requesting that You take away the time for waiting, but we ask that You will be there with us in all the processes of waiting, that Your name may be glorified. Even at this point in time, where many people are still waiting for the good news of their friends and relatives -- the victims of the Tsunami, may You comfort them all as some of they may have lost hope and courage in the process of waiting. Only You can comprehend the complexities of our hearts, thus we seek your comforting hand in all our waiting. May God alone fill our hearts, in that long winding road of waiting. Amen.

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