By Victoria Wairimu
Do you reckon yourself to be a patient person when it comes to the daily things in life? Or do you find yourself biting your lip and fidgeting when you are in line waiting to be attended to in a bank queue? Bank queues, aren’t they the worst? Here you are in a crowd of people, and there are eight counters and only two cashiers attending to everyone. Or a supermarket! Sometimes with long queues stretching to the produce aisles, with just two cashiers. And here you are with a loaf of bread feeling like you are wasting your youth waiting to pay for bread. The list could go on and on, and it is virtually endless. There are many situations in our lives that force us to wait be it a few minutes, hours, days or a couple of years. This has become increasingly difficult in the world of instant-coffee. Everything has been made to fulfill an immediate need or desire. You get money at the click of a button; messages and emails are sent and received in an instant. Food is warmed within seconds. Don’t we live in a glorious age? Can you imagine living in this era and having to wait for fourteen years?
Microwave, a ride, a date, a miracle, a meal, a friend, a download, an answer. In every way and in every day there is something we are waiting for. What are the first thoughts and feelings that come to mind when you hear the word “wait”?
In the month of March we will explore all things waiting. look out for articles and stories from a variety of women who are or have found how to glorify God in the pleasant and unpleasant of waiting…
Isaiah 40:31-1 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
By: Jane Osoro
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified; that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honourable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no-one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sin, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you His Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7
At rubies we are continually seeking how to spur each other on to live up to God’s standard for our lives in every way, the world is continually giving us alternatives and grey areas that give us comfort , but that keep us far from God’s mark. Purity is an area where these lines keep being blurred and we find ourselves often looking for how close we can get to the cliff edge , but still be in the “get into heaven ” zone. Lets dissect the scripture above and see what guidelines lie therein for today’s woman.
Just one month and two weeks into the new year, we are still very much in the season of “new” things. New jobs, schools, clothes, hopes, dreams, relationships, ventures, plans and on it goes.
At rubies and in my personal life I find myself in a place of starting many new things, and I see God indeed making all things beautiful in His own time and way. It has definitely been in His own way not in the way I would have brought it about. It has been an intense and still is an intense time of pain for me after the loss of my dad two months ago.
Over the past few months a simple irritation has become a deep concern. It has always bothered me how seemingly slow /unconcerned the men around me seem to be when their brothers are in need. When He is lonely, depressed, going through a loss, in some sin of one kind or another, having trouble in a marriage. The answer that has been most common as to why this is has not sunk in or clicked as true. The most common responses I get when I urge (or maybe I am nagging), a brother to help out another brother, is a form of “Men don’t handle things as women do.”