[CF Devotionals] 2017-03-01 - Waiting

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There’s a song I really loved from one of Lyndsey Buckingham’s solo records (Under the Skin), called I am Waiting. It’s actually a Rolling Stones song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1966. And that year was my birth year, as well, which I found interesting, too. I’m not sure if it’s a song about a girl, other person, situation or event they hoped would soon transpire as they waited. But for me, the music and words resounded through my head as I waited for over eighty days for my father to wake from a coma almost nine years ago. And when he woke up, he spoke of being given another chance by God, and so a few things would be different. I couldn’t listen to that song again for quite a while after he recovered, because it made me think of how he had almost left the Earth for good, and somehow there’s seemingly never enough time. We wait what feels like an eternity, not really understanding time, we hope for more time, we talk about change for the time remaining, yet very often after the crisis passes and we end up right back where we had once begun. More recently, I have also realized that it’s a fantastic song that can have deeper meaning, as well. Here are a portion of the lyrics for you to follow my line of thought.

I am Waiting

(chorus)
I am waiting, I am waiting (oh yeah, oh yeah)
I am waiting, I am waiting (oh yeah, oh yeah)
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere

(verse)
You can't hold out, you can't hold out
Oh yeah, oh yeah
You can't hold out, you can't hold out
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere

(verse)
Slow or fast, slow or fast
Oh yeah, oh yeah
End at last, end at last
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere

Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
I Am Waiting lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc.

So I have always believed that while a person may have intent within the context of a song they write, it then becomes a gift to the receiver of the song going into their heart, upon hearing it. At that point, the meaning is now your story as it connects to your own life. I thought the meaning for me was just my father coming out of the coma. I now think it was more than just that particular aspect of the situation those years ago. Perhaps he, also, was coming out of a spiritual coma, too, even though at the time I was more focused on him not physically dying. And while getting a glimmer of a changed heart, and him seeing more to his life than it once had been, I cannot really be sure anything different ever transpired. I cannot say it didn’t either, because I don’t fully know his heart; only God does.

Are you in a spiritual coma? Some days, I feel like I am, even having known my heavenly father since I was seventeen years old. He waits patiently for those who follow him to come to him and learn what goodness he has in store, and what he has planned for them. He also may feel like he’s “waiting for someone to come out of somewhere” when they haven’t yet met him for the first time. I am so grateful he waited for me. I am even more grateful for the fact that no matter how slow I may have been to realize all he had in store for me, that he didn’t give up. He never told me he was “done”, but instead told me “it is finished,” (When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 NIV) so I am forever free, with him having taken my place where my destiny of death had been. Thank you Jesus!!

“Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.” (Psalm 142:7 NIV)

“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free,” (Psalm 146:7)

“Freedom in Christ ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 NIV)

“God, in his kindness, has taught me how to be an expert builder. I have laid the foundation and Apollos has built on it. But he who builds on the foundation must be very careful. And no one can ever lay any other real foundation than that one we already have—Jesus Christ. But there are various kinds of materials that can be used to build on that foundation. Some use gold and silver and jewels; and some build with sticks and hay or even straw! There is going to come a time of testing at Christ’s Judgment Day to see what kind of material each builder has used. Everyone’s work will be put through the fire so that all can see whether or not it keeps its value, and what was really accomplished. Then every workman who has built on the foundation with the right materials, and whose work still stands, will get his pay. But if the house he has built burns up, he will have a great loss. He himself will be saved, but like a man escaping through a wall of flames.”; “ So don’t be proud of following the wise men of this world. For God has already given you everything you need. He has given you Paul and Apollos and Peter as your helpers. He has given you the whole world to use, and life and even death are your servants. He has given you all of the present and all of the future. All are yours, and you belong to Christ, and Christ is God’s. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 21-23 TLB)

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