Patient Titus

My grandson, Titus, began speaking at a very early age. At first he just repeated words we said or asked him to say. We would say something like, “Say banana, Titus” (he loves bananas) and he would say “banana”. Then it grew into phrases. If we would say something like, “Say banana Titus” he would say, “Say banana Titus”. But if we would ask him, “Do you want a banana Titus?” he would respond, “Do you want a banana Titus?” But then he did expect to get one. It wasn’t long before he was initiating the conversation but the form of his sentences often stayed the same. One day I sat down on the chair in the living room with a piece of cake on a plate. I might have taken a bite or two when Titus made his way over to me. He stepped up to the chair, put his hand on my knee and said, “Want some cake, Titus?”

Recently, we went down to see Titus, and of course his Mom and Dad. We all went out shopping but couldn’t fit in one vehicle so Lisa and I took Titus with us in order to get more time with him. A little later we decided to meet at a coffee shop. We pulled into the parking spot and were gathering our things before getting out when I heard Titus saying, “Grandma will get you out Titus”. He repeated it three or four times while he waited. I am not sure if he was thinking we were a little slow, reassuring himself that we would not forget him, or just excited about getting our of the car seat and going to somewhere new.

What ever his motivation it reminded me of our relationship with God at times. As we walk with God we are often waiting on one of God’s promises, or for an answer to a prayer. We are also often excited, anxious, or a little impatient while we wait. In Hebrews chapter 11 in the Bible we read about many faithful people: Abraham, Moses, Gideon, etc… It then points out that, “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth…. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” Hebrews 11:13, 16. Some of the promises and prayers were answered in this lifetime, some would be answered a little later, and some are fulfilled in our eternal life. We only see our past and present. God sees our future, even into eternity. In the mean time we would do well to take a tip from Titus. Keep reminding yourself, God will get you through this. He is trustworthy.

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