The fax machine is a part of most offices today. They came into general usage in 1964, but actually the first fax process was patented in 1843!
Frank Sprague demonstrated an electric railway in 1888. The first usage of an electric locomotive didn’t happen until 1895!
Leonardo da Vinci made detailed sketches of parachutes in 1485. Andre-Jacques Garnerthe made the first jump from a balloon in 1793!
Penicillin came into production in 1942. It was discovered in 1928!
Waiting seems to be a significant fact of life. It’s something we don’t like to do, but we all have to do what we think is more than our share of it! What are you waiting for?
I had the opportunity to listen to a portion of a teaching DVD of best selling speaker and writer Beth Moore. She quotes from the famous passage in Isaiah 40:30-31. Some translations use the word “hope” for a certain Hebrew verb and others used the word “wait” for this verb. She chose to quote a translation that uses “wait” and I will do the same.
“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength;They will mount up with wings like eagles,They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.” (NASB)
Beth Moore points out that we are not to wait for the situation to change but we are to “wait for the LORD…” That really impacted me.
I can get very frustrated while waiting for situations or people to change. When I think I’m focusing on seemingly random or out-of-control circumstances or uncaring or seemingly incompetent people I find the situation of waiting nearly intolerable! I need to change how I look at the process of waiting. Ultimately, I believe God is in control and He is obviously allowing things to go ever so slowly, causing me to wait. I must believe He has His reasons! He has His plans! When I focus on the fact that I am really waiting on an all-loving, all-wise, and all-powerful God I can handle the waiting a lot better. I’m waiting on the Lord, not circumstances or people! I need to pray what the psalmist prayed, “My times are in your hands…” (Psalm 31:15, NIV)
It has been said that good things come to those who wait. This really applies when you believe in a good God!