Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Hurry Up And Wait 2020: God's Filling Station
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way.
Psalm 37:7 (NKJV)
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
Consider yourself in a waiting room for the biggest audition of your life, because you are.

Consider the room to be filled with God's Holy Spirit, because the Kingdom of God is Spirit.

Consider every breath you breathe to be an 'Aroma of life leading to life' (2 Corinthians 2:16).

Waiting on God is waiting IN God. It's like a rest stop at His Filling Station. Because even Jesus felt drained from time to time: 'Knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him' (Mark 5:30).

But each minute with God brings rejuvenation, confidence and strength.

You become ready to climb a mountain, fight a demon or shine on camera. Your wait may be short, or more likely... long, but either is good. You like where you are.

Consider Earth to be a waiting room. It seems large to us, but tiny to God. We wait to meet the Supreme Director, Who will judge the resumes of our lives.

If our Manager is the King of kings, our ultimate casting is guaranteed. Even so, our work history matters (a.k.a. our fruit).

Whom have we loved, and what have we given?
When have we helped, and where have we traveled?
How have we multiplied our Lord's talents?

In every realm of entertainment, waiting is a big part of the game. Sometimes, Christian performers sink in unrealistic expectations.

Forgetting our Manager's Example: the job description He both gave--and lived.

Forgetting God's always-right timing, as well as His continuous blessings.

When we fall into negativity, what's filling us isn't God, but Satan.

Like troubled teens, we cry in frustration: 'Get me out of here.' But as our Father...

God allows us to learn from our mistakes. The more we complain, the more we remain--where we are. To be promoted, we're called to master the direction called 'hurry up and wait.'

Because God has a huge show to arrange: countless other lives and situations.

So when we're waiting, consider three steps:

1) Praise God for His perfect plan and timing.
2) Appreciate all the things we have now.
3) Put on a good show wherever we are.

## Hurry Up And Wait 2020: God's Filling Station (Part 7)

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2013 Shine Devotion series, 'Hurry Up And Wait.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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