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Friday, February 8, 2008

Learning Patience

No, I have not gone on to the great beyond, I am still among the living, but there were moments when my one desire was for God to just take me home. For anyone living anywhere near the Wisconsin area, or for those watching the news with any given regularity, there is no need for me to go into detail about the goings on of the last few days. Yours truly was also caught up in the drama, the Milwaukee airport being closed for some twenty four hours, the airport I needed to get to in order to get home.
After learning patience on a very basic level for over thirty six hours, we were finally boarded, and allowed to travel home. It is in times of crisis that you see the true character of some people, and since I am an observer by nature, I noticed how some reacted differently than others when they were told there was no salvation in sight, and we would have to spend the night in an airport.
While few understood the circumstances, the fact that the Milwaukee airport was snowed in, there was a blizzard underway and it was not safe to fly, some abandoned reason altogether and simply started yelling that they wanted to go home, no longer regarding the fact that it was unsafe to travel, and even though it might be uncomfortable, the airport was their best alternative.
Not trying to spiritualize my predicament, but it is often the case that we, the children of God react in much the same fashion. We know something is not good for us, unsafe, even dangerous, and even though the Father patiently explains why we are not allowed to pursue a certain avenue, we wrinkle our brows and say, 'it doesn't matter, we still want to do what we want to do.'
Whatever it may be that God forbids or warns against, be certain that it is for your own best welfare, even though the flesh might rebel and demand that very thing.
I will post something more in accordance with this site sometime in the near future, but for now I have to brave the snows and winds, and go pick my little brother Daniel up from Chicago Airport. I do not know when I will be able to sit back down and pen a coherent message or teaching, but what I do know is that I appreciate your prayers, patience, and understanding.

With love in Christ,

Michael Boldea Jr.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Michael for letting us know you are well (chilled but fine :)). I saw the snow storm with hundreds of people stranded and hoped you were not stuck in that traffick. Thanks also for the word on our self destructive stubornness...I am dealing with such an incidence now...of my own doing but thankfully I did hear His voice and it has humbled me.

Be safe and warm,

joyce

Anonymous said...

A powerful message in few words!
With gratitude to our Father and you, as well as, prayer, patience and understanding.

Anonymous said...

Mike
That's so true. I know I have been guilty of being impatient, and disobedient many many times in my Christian life. I still haven't arrived (like Paul in Phil.3) and so I press on in the race and ask God to help me finish it. We here in Ontario have been getting hit right, left, and centre with snow storms too, and there's no point in getting all bent out of shape so to speak, just ride the current wave.

Anonymous said...

Michael, I thank God for you and for Dumitru. Without either of you I would not be where I am today. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Can you at least keep your snow on your side of the lake, we have enough here in Michigan now thank you. Great, more snow on the ground tonight on my way home from work... Oh and by the way, we're not looking forward to your artic lows tomorrow either.

Welcome home, glad your all safe and warm.

Anonymous said...

Learning Patience-

High winds, blowing snow, bitter cold tempatures, etc... all from Wisconsin to those across the Great Lakes.

4WD even got stuck in the snow drift with a 1/4 mile walk home, thank God for a short walk that seemed long and was difficult. Can you imagine the poor and homeless who don't have the resources that we have? One could ask in all this where is God for them, when the true question is where are we the body of Christ for them? Aren't we to show His light and love, helping to point the way to Him in the mist of all this?

1 broken tractor, another tractor and 1 bumper later with some facial wind burn and a touch of frostbite on the nose, all is well.

I've been assured that we are not alone in all this mess, that Wisconsin has it just as bad.

Blessings from Michigan, stay warm and safe.

Bonny said...

Glad you arrived home safely - hope you are keeping warm now! I can't imagine snow like that, let alone at this time of year (summer down here!)
Great message for us all - how many times have I been headstrong and complaining, and yet the Lord bears with me!! My pastor preached this message of patience just last night. The recent scripture for me has to be James 1:2-4 "My brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

A Seed Sower said...

Romans 8: 17-25
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.....Amen
...We all groan young brother, willing to be absent from the body and present with Christ..Love You

Anonymous said...

Hello Bro,
Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Am praying for you and your family. Yes this weather has been wacky where I live, Indiana.
We have been run out our home twice in one month because of rain, flooding. We live on the Tippicanoe River. The Lord is good, it was two inches from getting in our home and the Lord stopped it. Praise the Lord!!!
Yes, have had some good lessons in patience and have learned some other lessons through this. Please pray we get a dry spell we need it.
Pray you get home safely and get some much needed rest bro michael. God Bless.

a sister in the Lord,
debbi