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Sudden changes make waiting worth the while

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By Annettee Budzban

"Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting."

-- Acts 2:2 (NIV)

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Are you still waiting days, months, and years for change in your life?

Do you feel like your prayers for healing, a mate, or a promotion have fallen upon deaf ears?

Sometimes when we've been struggling in an area for a long time, we want to give up. There's been times in my life when I've had those feeling, too. Years ago, I applied for my first manager position at the recommendation of my boss.

At first I wasn't sure about the idea, but after going for my interview, I found myself excited about the job. Needless to say, my hopes were dashed when I found out I was the second choice.

After that I continued doing my job without another thought of applying for a manager position. About six months later, while on a stay-at-home vacation, I received a phone call telling me the position was mine if I was still interested. A sudden change had occurred.

In another instance, my son was in an accident that left him in a coma. The doctors gave a pessimistic report for his recovery. However, God had another plan. After arriving home from the hospital late one evening, in my state of exhaustion, I fell into bed. An hour later, I was awakened by a phone call informing me that my son had recovered from his coma. What a sudden change!

On another occasion, I had been divorced for nine years and I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find a mate again. However, I persisted with God. Then one day, there was a knock at my front door -- my husband-to-be was on the other side. The rest is history.

Sudden changes are in the Scriptures. We are given accounts of people who had been sick for 12, 18, and even 38 years before they received a sudden change and were healed.

Other followers of God waited many years before they were promoted to their divine leadership. At Christ's instruction, the disciples waited 120 days for the wind of the Holy Spirit to suddenly arrive with a mighty entrance, filling their lives with new gifts.

You may not understand your circumstance, but don't ever give up. No matter how long you've waited, stay filled with hope that God will give you favor and bring a sudden change at any time.

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. She will be speaking on the topic of prayer to the book club at Faith Lutheran Church, 600 Deerpath Lake Forest, at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 8. Annettee Budzban can be contacted by email at Annetteebudzban@aol.com or call (847) 543-8413.

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