Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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KJV Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Recently my wife shared with me some encouragement she received from reading a historical novel about the life of Hulda Klager (1863-1960) who lived in Woodland, Washington and is famous today for the Hulda Klager lilac gardens. This is from a novel written by Jane Kirkpatrick about the life of this extraordinary woman.

Hulda suffered many setbacks and losses in her life. She lost two sons in law, while her daughters were in their mid twenties, two of her three daughters died during her lifetime, and her husband died in his upper seventies. Her son also died when she was in her mid eighties. Throughout her life she had trained herself to do horticulture, and she worked her entire life with lilacs, developing different colors and different number of petals. Through the years there were many floods, plants had to be dug up and moved to higher grounds, with most of this occurring in the early 1900s, when things were done by hand and with horses.

In her upper eighties she experienced the effects of the worst flood that Woodland ever has had, and all of the lilacs were lost. She was ready to give up, but her son, who died some year after this, told her that they could start again. Not long after that people began to send her plants that they had originally got from Hilda's lilac garden. Over the years people had come to Woodland to walk through her lilac gardens, and while they were there they be would given starts of the lilacs to take home with them. It was rebuilt, but it never was the same again after this greatest flood.

In one of her most trying moments, as she was struggling with the reality of the greatest loss of the lilacs, and when her remaining family was trying to give her direction on how to handle the future, she told those who were so concerned over her:

"I remember once Martha telling me about some word called therapy, what people were saying was a way to move forward toward healing without herbs and medicines and such. It's a word that means a service, attending, "I wait upon," Martha said. So I wait upon the Lord to lead me back into service, back into 'attending' as He wants. Maybe just a few plants on my sun porch. Not the garden, no, I agree.

In 1958 at the age of 95 she went to Seattle to receive the prestigious award from the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs. As she went there she was remembering a man named Barney Reed who had wondered if "I wasn't doing the Lord's work in my garden and if the price I paid was burying what I loved, embellishing beauty and giving the results away.
"Suffering, I decided, happened, and so did good things, and the issue of God's power was not so much in questioning why He didn't stop floods or death but in all the rest of the time when He showed us how to be hospitable, generous and loving."
Our dear brother, Pastor Rodney Johnson recently shared with me of how he is learning that during his time of waiting upon the Lord he is experiencing healing as he has continues to serve his wife of more than 50 years who now has advanced Alzheimer's. He told me that in going to serve her needs in obedience to the call of the Lord to love his wife as Christ has loved the church that he begun to heal as he waits upon the Lord to minister to him as he goes through this season of life with his dear one. In the physical feeding of his wife each day, he experiences the joy of serving her, and in turn he is ministered to by the One who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities.
Are you bearing a heavy load today? Have the burdens of life weighing you down? Are you struggling with disappointment? Is your waiting getting long?
May the following Scripture selections bring you encouragement, assurance and joy today as you look to the new day that the Lord has made...

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Orval

Posted on 11 Sep 2012 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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