We invite you to peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.
By Pastor Keith Lomen, Pastoral Care Director, Waverly Gardens
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. —Isaiah 64:4,
Have you ever felt ‘stuck’? You work and pray about some part of your life that just NEVER seems to change. Week after week, month after month and year after year, you work and pray, pray and work. But NOTHING seems to change. You’re stuck — or worse yet, trapped! So, you … wait.
It’s easy at times like that (and we all have them!) to get discouraged and down on ourselves. We just NEED to feel like something is happening, that we are moving forward and that there is some hope for a better tomorrow.
The writer in Isaiah felt just like us.
He badly wanted the God of all ages to show Himself mighty and powerful before all the nations, that the whole world might tremble at His presence. So, he cried out to God. The people of God in that time and place also felt stuck and that nothing was happening.
Our verse for today bursts onto the scene of their — and our — discontent and hopelessness. It reminds us of a fundamental truth that we need to hear: God is working!
We can’t always see or feel it, but God IS working for those who wait for Him and who faithfully call on His name.
Be it a staffing problem, a financial need, a straying child or a nagging illness, take heart, my friends. God is
working on it, and He alone has the answer we need.
As Isaiah affirms to us, there is no other God like our God! No one has EVER seen or heard of a God like ours, who works for those who wait for Him! He has worked mightily for us in the past,
and He will work for us in the future as well.
So, we aren’t really stuck, even if we feel like it sometimes. Never doubt it and never forget it: God is working!
Concluding staff prayer
Lord, we thank You that You are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. We want to trust in Your ability and not our own. Teach us to see difficulties in our lives from Your perspective. Help us to focus on You and Your power. Today we bring before You the difficulties in our lives. Help us not to fear but to trust You in these situations. We now lift up our joys and concerns for prayer. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Pastor Keith Lomen serves as a pastoral care director at Waverly Gardens in North Oaks, MN. He is happily married for 37 years to his beautiful wife Nan. They have two sons and two grandsons and are actively enjoying (and fixing up!) their new home in White Bear Lake. Pastor Keith loves sports and follows them all, and he still plays as many of them as he can.
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
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Jesus and the transformative work of aging
Get to know us: a Christian ministry
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In addition to Light for the Way,
you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care resources website