“Take a Number and Have a Seat”

By Pastor Rodney Tilley

    I don’t know about you but it seems that everywhere I go; it is the old Army routine of “Hurry up and wait.” If I go to the VA hospital, I am told to take a number and take a seat. If I go to the fast food chain, it is, “Get in line and we will call you.” Not saying it is bad for they are very polite and they call you by name and bring the food personally to you. But it seems like I am always in a line, waiting to check out or check in, or just waiting for my turn. It is not bad for I have been in many countries where I wish they would wait in line instead of bunching up and mobbing you, for that can get really scary.  But again, it seems that some cultures are just better at crowd control. Take England for example, they have made waiting in line a national pastime to “cue” as they call it., and believe me jumping line can get you into big trouble. But in all honesty, I wish I could go somewhere and someone would just say, “We’ve been waiting for you,” and mean it, and I think I have found just that place.

     For you see, I have never had to wait in line for God. In fact, he was there waiting for me. God never told me to take a number and come back tomorrow. God never told me, “Could you tell me your name again.” God has never asked for my address and social security number, and what my gender or race was. God has never wanted to know how much I made last year, or if I paid my taxes. God never told me that we cannot take you today; you will need to call next week and see if we can work you in. No, God has always been there, every time I need him. He is not the big Santa Claus in the sky, but he is a God who is omnipotent and omnipresent, meaning He is in all places at all times.

      You see, Jesus calls us friends, and nothing is too good for a friend. He also calls us brothers and members of his eternal family. God has said, “Come” and he did not place a time limit or have an agenda that is hidden in his message. Jesus in Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” There is no number to take or no line to cue into to, no, He says to come and come now, without waiting or lingering for he has been waiting for you.

     So the next time you are standing in line, taking a number, or waiting for your name to be called, remember that God has already beckoned you on, and without a line or a number, He is here, He is there, He is calling you by name, at this very moment. You may have to wait in life and someone once said, good things come to those who wait, but that is wrong, good things just come when God is in control. So Come!

     For more information on coming to Jesus, please call: Pastor Rodney Tilley at 432-207-0015.