Waiting… and the Good Things that Happen

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 16, 2017
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Joni and JanTraveling as a quadriplegic is never easy – in fact, our recent ministry trip landed us home at LAX at 9 PM. Weary from the long flight, I had to wait on the airplane for my wheelchair. The other passengers had deplaned much earlier, and there was a delay in finding my chair. But when you wait patiently – whether on the Lord, or for a wheelchair – there's always a blessing in store.

That night it was Jan, the flight attendant assigned to stay onboard with me. A buoyant, happy follower of Jesus, Jan recognized me and shared that she saw the Joni movie in 1979 when she was a teenager. So for the next few moments until my chair arrived, we relished in the faithfulness of God toward us both over so many, many years. Like I said, wonderful things happen when we wait patiently on the Lord. For fun, I'll be sending Jan a DVD copy of the Joni movie. If you’d like to share my story with a teenager, pick up the Joni book in our online store. And don't forget… today, practice a little patience when you wait. There's sure to be a blessing in store for you!

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Dear Joni, I am a Christian too (born again), and you are an encouragement to me as well as to all believers who listen to you. I hear you on WHVN in Charlotte, NC, and just want you to know what an encouragement you are to me as I shall, Lord willing, be 87-yrs.-old on Aug. 2, 2017. I have problems with my legs and arms now and fall easily due to peripherial neuropathy. God, my heavenly Father, Jeesus my Savior, and the Holy Spirit all bless me securely. I look forward to the time when I will meet my Savior face-to-face. I shall meet you there in person too, along with my family and loved ones and prophets and disciples in the Bible. The best is yet to come! I thank the Lord for you and your ministry, Joni. I love you exceedingly. Love in Jesus, Nancy
  • March 20, 2017
  • 12:47 a.m.
  • Nancy Haynes Driscoll
Hi Joni, The topic of your post here on waiting is very interesting to me, and I needed to hear this and read this today. You certainly are an inspiration, Joni! God Bless You and I hope that one day I can meet you. Nicole
  • Feb. 20, 2017
  • 6:32 p.m.
  • Nicole Allen
Thank you Joni, I'm in very tough days at the moment and keep coming across some of your quotes which have been very helpful. I'm going to start logging the blessings as I walk through these days! God bless you, you're an inspiration, Thanks xx
  • Feb. 17, 2017
  • 12:42 a.m.
  • Veronica Graham
I remember a comment my pastor made in a sermon years ago, that next to suffering, God uses waiting to grow His children and draw them near to Himself.
  • Feb. 16, 2017
  • 1:22 p.m.
  • Sharon Frazier
I am a flight attendant for British Airways and a number of years ago had the privilege of serving Joni and Ken on a flight to Ghana. One of the highlights of my flying career. It gave me a fantastic opportunity to tell my colleagues about the goodness and faithfulness of God, and the power of the testimony of Joni. Hope very much to meet Joni again someday.
  • Feb. 16, 2017
  • 10:57 a.m.
  • Rachel Shambrook