On September 2, 2023, the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church (located in West Bay) opened its doors to welcome visitors from the community and neighbouring churches for a heartwarming worship session. This Visitors Day was not just a gathering but a testament to the power of faith, patience, and the unwavering belief that God’s timing is perfect.
The atmosphere was filled with anticipation and excitement as the church welcomed several visitors seeking spiritual nourishment and a sense of belonging. It was a beautiful reminder that the church is not just a building but a welcoming community of believers.
The day’s sermon, delivered by Elder Winsett Blake, centered on the theme, “Wait on the Lord.” Elder Blake emphasized the importance of patience and trust in God’s plan. He reminded the congregation that sometimes it may seem like nothing is happening, but if God says something will happen, it will.
Let’s take a moment to highlight various instances in the Bible where God instructed His people to wait on Him and follow His directives. For instance:
Noah and the Ark: Noah patiently waited for the floodwaters to recede as he trusted in God’s promise of salvation (Genesis 6-9).
Abraham and Sarah: Abraham and Sarah waited for the birth of their promised child, Isaac, even when it seemed impossible due to their old age (Genesis 17:15-17; 21:1-7).
Joseph’s Imprisonment: Joseph endured years of trials and tribulations but ultimately trusted God’s plan, which led to his elevation in Egypt (Genesis 39-41).
During the worship session at the Berea Church, an unexpected testimony from a church member added to the sense of God’s providence. She shared that she had been fervently praying for a favourable resolution to a challenging job situation. In the past week, God had granted her prayer, demonstrating His faithfulness and reminding all in attendance of the power of prayer. Her heartfelt encouragement to the congregation was simple but profound: “Take everything to the Lord in prayer.”
As we reflect on the “Visitors Day” and the Bera Church, let us remember that waiting on the Lord is not passive. It’s an act of faith, surrendering our impatience and control to the God who knows the perfect timing for everything. The sermon and the testimony shared during the service illustrate that God’s promises are worth the wait.
In times of uncertainty, when it feels like nothing is happening and our patience wanes, let us recall Isaiah 40:31 and other biblical examples of waiting on the Lord. Trust in God’s wisdom, His plan, and His unfailing love. Seek His guidance and strength through prayer.
Written by: Devarro Whittaker, Associate Television Producer.