Waiting…

I’m at the doctor’s office, sitting on the uncomfortable green torture device, I mean table. Or is it a chair? No, couch? Whatever it is, it has a strip of white paper running under my behind to protect the next person from whatever is wrong with me. This sitting apparatus is not exactly made for comfort, and my back is starting to complain.

I started out by waiting in the waiting room. Boy, did they name that place correctly. There was some horrible home show on the TV with some guy blowing a whistle and screaming about auctions. Needless to say, he got on my nerves in about 30 milliseconds. I don’t know why he was blowing the whistle but I already had made plans about what I would do with it if he blew it one more time. I got to hear the conversation of the couple ten feet away, and now I know more about a stranger’s gastrointestinal maladies and trouble with his bathroom functions than I want, or need to. I’m going to file that nugget under, “Things you can’t unhear.”

A smiling nurse told me it would be a couple of minutes before the doctor would see me. She was sweet, attractive, and lied through her teeth. A couple of dozen minutes so far, with no end in sight. That’s okay, though, it is giving me time to type this on my iPad on the ugly green table/chair/medieval torture device thing….

In case you hadn’t figured it out, I’m not real good at waiting. In fact, I hate it. I am, by nature, a pretty impatient guy. My wife knows that if we are in bumper to bumper traffic, I am going to whine, complain, and plot the mass destruction of just about everybody on the freeway. My kids used to say that I stood in front of the microwave and seethed, “Hurry up, I haven’t got all minute!”

There is one thing that I am waiting for, and I have mixed feelings about it. I know that Christ is returning, literally any day now. And while I long to go to Heaven with Christ, I hope he waits because I still have friends who don’t know him and won’t go to heaven.

Make no mistake about it, not everybody gets in. You might be the nicest guy in town, but without Christ you are lost. Don’t get mad at me, I didn’t make the rule, God did.

Acts 4:12  Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one. “

John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.

If it’s your house, you make the rules. Heaven is God’s house, he sets the criteria for entry. The good news is that it is easy to meet God’s standard. He did all the work by sending his son to die on the cross for us. All we have to do is accept him, then let him help us along the road of life. The only thing that keeps us from Heaven is our own stubbornness and disbelief. Try this, put aside that you can’t figure out God and his love.  You can’t reason your way to Christ. Pray a simple prayer and tell God that you’re willing to give him a try. If he’s not real, you have nothing to lose. If he is, you have gained more than you could have ever imagined.

Still waiting…. Jerry

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