From the NLS President · June 5, 2021

What ever happened to waiting?

A critic observed: Once a man would spend a week patiently waiting if he missed a stagecoach, but now he rages if he misses the first section of a revolving door. And a woman would wait weeks for a letter from distant family, but now fumes if there is more than two people in front of her at the grocery cashier line.

We have come to believe that waiting is a negative activity rather than a virtue to desire, pursue and nourish. And I admit, I am not a good waiter.

From the spiritual perspective, waiting on God has been a mainstay of theology. Waiting is a dimension of faith–an anchor, we seem to know little about. And our patience has certainly been tested during the COVID19 Pandemic.

We want to get back to hosting weekends and face-to-face Ultreyas. We want our old “normal.”

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”, wrote Isaiah. And David penned, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently.”

I believe that God is under no moral obligation to speed up his timetable to accommodate our urgency. So then waiting is wisdom. And waiting is strength. He has got us right where he wants us. He loves the Via de Cristo ministry and will bring us back into the light. Of this I am certain.

Dance in His Grace
Wendy Showalter, NLS President

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Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.