Friday, August 5, 2011

Waiting For Papi


My son’s bedtime routine is quite in depth.  It involves milk, back rubs, febreze, pillow pets, his special blanket, his stuffed dinosaur, reciting memory verses, back scratches (which he calls tickles), and several matchbox cars.  Tonight my husband was eating when my oldest was ready for his back scratch/rub from Papi.  So Samuel told him to go lay down and wait.  He’d be there in a minute.  So off went Josiah to lay down.  Two minutes passed and he was back in the kitchen telling his Papi, “Papi, I already wait!  Come, come.”  
He didn’t quite understand that wait meant wait until I come.  Or maybe his patience ran out.  
Do we run to God saying the same thing?  “Papi, I already waited!  Where’s what you promised?  Shouldn’t it be here already?  Isn’t it time yet?” 
I recently heard a pastor teach on Daniel 10.  He spoke about how Daniel’s answer had taken three weeks to arrive.  But Daniel waited.  Daniel fasted.  Daniel prayed.  
He said something that stuck with me.  “Pray until something happens.”  
My husband was on his way to put my son to bed.  God is sending the answer to your prayers.  Be patient.  Be persistent.  And wait, trusting that Papi is on His way.

"'Relax, Daniel,' he continued, 'don't be afraid. From the moment you decided to humble yourself to receive understanding, your prayer was heard, and I set out to come to you.  But I was waylaid by the angel-prince of the kingdom of Persia and was delayed for a good three weeks. But then Michael, one of the chief angel-princes, intervened to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia. And now I'm here to help you understand what will eventually happen to your people. The vision has to do with what's ahead.'
Daniel 10:12-14


  1. Beautiful illustration! And...I had to laugh. I thought my son was the only kid who needed back scratches at bedtime! Thanks for linking up today!

  2. I love your blog. Found you through the Say Hi Sunday hop and am now following you.

  3. A precious real life story and application. I'm guilty of the "I've already waiting." I'm going to trust that the answer to what I prayed for today is already on the way.

    I hope your Monday will be full of blessings.


  4. First time here, great place. Can't wait to bounce around a bit more!

  5. This is so precious. What a darling picture of a little boy waiting for his father to come home. May we always remember, like Daniel, to trust in God and patiently wait for the answers to our prayers.

  6. Oh, my goodness. I know I've been this way on more than one occasion. I love the way you illustrate patience. And your pastor's words? Pray until something happens. Such a good word. Thank you for this today!

  7. I, too, have "already waited" many a time! A pondering moment for me.
    May your day be filled with Him, ~ linda

  8. We do a lot of bedtime back scratching around here, too!

    As for patience...I have little. I am constantly bemoanint to God, "Come on, what's taking so long!?" I am learning from reading about David in the OT -- he patiently waited a long time before he was crowned king. I am prayig for the patience of David.