Ishmael Revisited

The Voices are tired, but happy – we had a great weekend:  TOGETHER!


Deidre’s son and our Godson, Larry D. Hester, Jr., graduated Saturday, May 7, from the University of Mount Union and the entire family (Deidre, Larry, Sr., Shamona, and Saniyah) was here to enjoy the ceremony. The Voices appreciated both the baccalaureate and commencement services and gleaned some ideas we wanted to share. Rev. Joyce Lawson’s baccalaureate address to the graduates presented the idea of being ready to move when and where God calls. She also told these young people that sometimes patience is required so that we don’t get ahead of God’s leading, timing, or His provision. The crux of her message about moving in God’s timing led Deidre and me to reflect afterwards that the Old Testament story of Abraham’s first son, Ishmael, was the perfect example. Had Abraham and his wife Sarah waited on God to provide the child that was promised instead of taking charge and allowing Hagar to bear a child as a surrogate, a lot of history would be changed. This child, Ishmael, is regarded by the entire Arab nation as an ancestor to the prophet Mohammed. This nation continues to war against the Jewish people who descended from Isaac, Abraham’s legitimate heir. Christians are also paying the price as additional heirs to the promise of God.

We would like to encourage our readers as we were reminded, to not get ahead of God’s perfect timing. In this age of instant gratification, waiting for anything can become extremely difficult. Almost daily we hear, ” Have it Your Way,” “It’s My Money and I want it now!” and “Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary.” These advertisements and more daily experiences have made the reality of waiting a lost art.

Getting ahead of God because we do not trust in Him to do what He promised can lead to death, pain, or injury that you will deal with for the rest of your life. Think about it – do we really need to “revisit Ishmael?”

To that we say, “Wait on the Lord: and be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart: wait, I say on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14). Are you willing to wait? Let us hear from you.

Sue and Deidre – The Voices






One thought on “Ishmael Revisited

  1. I am so proud of Larry! And I love the message of this blog. I too struggle with allowing God to work in His own timing and create my own Ishmael so to speak. Thanks for sharing this and reminding me that it’s safe to wait.


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