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March 2, 2014

PASTOR POPHIN: How to wait on God

By TOMMY POPHIN

I’m a time-conscious kind of person. My father instilled in me the quality that I was not only to be where I was supposed to be on time, but I was to get there early.

As a child, if Sunday School started at 10 a.m., we would be there by 9:45 a.m. If anyone in our family of seven was dragging our feet on getting ready, we would “hear about it.” The result – I’m rarely not on time.

On the other side of the coin, when I was a teenager, if one of my buddies told me we would get together at a certain time, I was always ready and waiting 15 minutes early. At the five-minute mark, I started looking for my friends’ arrival. If they didn’t arrive “on time,” I started getting a little “bezerko” and by five after, I started calling and asking where they were. Of course, that was on the “old-fashioned corded” telephone, the kind with the circular dial. Over time, I have calmed down and become not so OCD about the whole time thing.

The idea of waiting is something I am not real patient about. In the Bible, there is a parable in which Jesus teaches us about what to do while we wait. It’s found in Matthew 25:1-13.

It’s called the parable of the 10 virgins who are waiting around at night for the bridegroom to come. There are five foolish virgins and five wise ones. The foolish ones are burning their lamps and only have the oil in the lamp as their reserve. The wise ones brought extra oil with them to add to the lamp. The bridegroom did not come to get them until it was late in the night. When the announcement was made that the bridegroom was coming, the foolish virgins began to beg oil from the wise ones. The wise ones refused. The foolish ones then had to leave to go get more oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom came and took them away.

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