The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 2, 2013

Wait training develops muscles of faith

Keeping the Faith

 Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published Nov. 20, 2002. Davis passed away Aug. 1, 2010, of a sudden illness.


A spouse dies. Something unexpected happens in the workplace. We lose a passion for something we once loved.

Whatever the circumstances, life is often never more difficult than when a Divine finger hits the pause button on the VCR of our lives.

We may know that changes lie somewhere down the road, but, for now, there is no sense of direction for the future and no clear insights about the circumstances of the present.

We seem to be on hold.

We wait.

For me, waiting is like the comma in a sentence. Where that comma falls can change the whole meaning of the thought expressed.

Those commas in our lives hold lots of potential.

What we do in the times of waiting has a direct bearing on what happens next.

I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting. Give me a goal, a direction, and I’m off running at full tilt — sometimes in all directions at once, but running, nonetheless.

I’ve heard many a sermon on the value of waiting for something and how a pause in our lives can be a tool God uses to develop patience and perseverance.

Both are virtues we all desire, but most of us hate going through the crucibles that develop them in our lives.

Wait training — as I’ve come to think about this process — is much like weight training.

To achieve long-term weight-management goals, we have to rely on what we know about nutrition, fat-burning and exercise. Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows results do not come overnight. They come with a day-by-day practice of all we know, and we expend our efforts knowing we will have to accept small changes. Leaner muscles, more energy and smaller clothing sizes eventually come, but they don’t always seem proportionate to all the times we’ve been hungry, had sore, aching muscles and have put aside certain pleasures in the hope of reaching a certain goal.

Wait training accomplishes the same thing on a spiritual level.

Waiting teaches me a lot about what I believe about God, the Bible and the Christian principles I’ve been taught. Do I really believe God has a divine plan for me? Can I really trust all those Scriptures that talk about His consistent leadership in my life? Do I believe those principles enough to rely on them when I don’t see concrete things happening?

Wait training is not a passive exercise. It requires constant effort and lots of time spent in the spiritual gymnasium.

Doing what?

Well, wait training gives me a good opportunity to take a good look at where I am now and where I’ve been in recent months. Have I been using my time, talents and resources to the best they can be employed?

Have I let certain gifts and abilities atrophy? Have I developed tunnel vision?

It gives me time to reflect on life lessons I’ve learned — or not — and shows me where I need to put more effort.

As I wait and ponder and evaluate and refocus, I find myself developing my faith muscles. I see that I’m trusting God in a deeper, more intimate way, and I begin to see how He’s testing the mettle of my commitment.

And I know that before long, I will see some worthwhile results.

It’s just a matter of time, and they will be well worth the weight.


Text Only
  • 072314 Life CrossFit 4.jpg Crossfit Nation: Working out the WOD way

    Just as fashion trends come and go, so do fitness fads, and Cyndie Chinn had tried them all.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • downsize 1 Living large in smaller spaces

    How is it possible that as your nest gets emptier, your garage gets fuller? Living off the grid sounds tantalizing — the extreme version of paring down. But are you ready for solar panels and growing your own groceries or would a smaller home do the trick?

    July 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Relishing the faith of little children

    July 19, 2014

  • Guns 1 ‘Guns’ for Life

    With the latest World Health Organization figures showing global life expectancy increasing from 64 years in 1990 to 70 years in 2011, staying healthy enough to add quality to the quantity of life is an important consideration.

    July 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • coconut 4 Crack open the power of the coconut

    Now let’s get this straight …
      We know about Parrotheads. And Cheeseheads. But when did Coconut Heads become cool?
    Move over, argan — you are so last season. Another exotic oil is taking lead role in everything from shampoo to weight-loss supplements. That cast-iron skillet seasoning, stretch-mark banishing essence of the hour is — coconut oil.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Free summer serenade concert to be held

    Aurora Celtic, sponsored by Ivy & Stone, presents the free Summer Serenade concert Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Brown House lawn in Summersville.

    July 13, 2014

  • WVU Extension: Healthy summer eating tips for all occasions

    Summer and early fall are the times of year for family reunions, potluck picnics, pool parties and various other celebrations where we like to share food.

    July 13, 2014

  • new BAF fund Endowment still helping students attend college

    The “Beckley College, College of West Virginia, Mountain State University and University of Charleston-Beckley Alumni Association Fund” has the distinction of having the longest name of any of the 400 permanent endowments managed by the Beckley Area Foundation.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • My faith is an anchor to hold on to

    July 12, 2014

  • 062514 Life Piloxing 3.jpg Wellness Wednesdays: One-Two, Punch!

    In a fast-paced blend of pilates, boxing and dance, a popular group exercise class at the YMCA called Piloxing is a sure way to increase cardio and build long, lean muscles.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos