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Waiting for God.

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I’m sure you will have noticed by now that I love stories about children, when they are being told a story they have an uncanny way of getting straight to the punch line?

Before he left us for Rome, Fr. Dennis visited the Primary School to say goodbye to the children. Whilst there he told the children an old testament story about God trying to save Lot and his wife, he said that, “God told Lot and his wife to leave and not to look back, but Lot’s wife disobeyed God, looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.” A little lad at the back of the room responded, “That’s nothing, my mum was driving us home yesterday and she looked back and turned into a telegraph pole.”

Are we tired of waiting for God? Are we sometimes tempted to get behind the wheel and take over our own destiny? Then we must always remember that we can’t short circuit our destiny, everything that happens to us is on God’s timetable, not ours. After the prophet Samuel anointed David to be King, David had to wait seven long years before his destiny was fulfilled.

Recently I read about a man who ordered two bouquets of flowers from his local florist. One was for a friend who was moving house and the other for the funeral of a friend who just died. Unfortunately the florist mixed the labels up and the friend moving house received a bouquet and a card which read, “In deepest sympathy,” whilst the deceased flowers read, "Congratulations on your new home.”

One day we are all going to hear the words, “Congratulations on your new home,” as Christ welcomes us into our place in heaven.

“In my Father’s house there are many rooms, I go to prepare a place for you.

Published Fri 6th Jul 2012 13:27:46

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