“Waiting” and “11:11” experiences from readers — like you (Part 1)

I wanted to share this with you. We are on vacation this week. We delayed our departure one day because I came home from Wisconsin sick. We made it to Wallowa Lake at 2:30 today and when we went to start our Suburban to drive from the lodge down to the lake it was suddenly running rough and the transmission is now shifting very rough. This may change the rest of our travel plans. 11:11 comes to mind.” (smiley face)

I received that text message from Eric in Oregon a couple of days ago. This is how I replied:

“Thank you SO much for sharing your adventure with me in real time! I guess you are referring to page 95 of my book where we were having mechanical problems with our Subaru, and I glanced 11:11. Yes, perfect alignment amid all that is happening right now, and so I am praying for the perfect vacation for your family.” (8/13/23)

The section of my book to which I referred in my response is from Maxim 4, “I and my life are in Perfect Alignment at this moment.” Below I’ve reprinted the paragraph for you:

I may not feel it, when I see 11:11 on the clock. For example, I recently glimpsed 11:11 PM on a Friday night. On that night, my wife and I were immersed in mechanical problems with our Subaru—specifically, the “hill holder” feature with manual transmission. It got dark while we were waiting for the tow truck to arrive. And it was raining. So when I spontaneously saw 11:11, I said to myself: “At this moment, even amid all that’s happening right now, I and my life are in perfect alignment.”

The preceding paragraph in my book — Successful Spiritual Waiting: the 7 Maxims — says this:

What do these parallel lines represent? Sometimes I see them as parallel roadways or corridors. Sometimes I see them as open channels, or conduits. No matter how I visualize them, these parallel lines represent Perfect Alignment. Those parallel lines, 11:11, are perfectly aligned. And so whenever I spontaneously glance 11:11 on a digital clock, I can claim the promise that “At this moment, my life is in perfect alignment.”

I also received a very nice card with a note in the mail from Lynn in Colorado. This is what she wrote:

I have been reading your books and have enjoyed both of them. Thank you for sending them to me. I admire anyone who has writing skills like you do. It is so true about waiting on the Lord and it is all in His timing. I have prayed for my three nephews’ salvation and my sister and brother-in-law’s also for years, and recently my nephew, much to our joy (my 25-year-old nephew) accepted Christ into his life. God put into his life a very nice young girl whom he is going to marry who is a Christian.

Here’s how I responded to her:

I deeply appreciate the testimonial you shared about your nephew’s journey of accepting Christ after years of prayer and patient waiting. It serves as a powerful reminder of the profound impact waiting can have in our lives.

On a personal note, I’m currently in a period of recovery from the aftermath of shingles. It involves repairing nerve damage, which is a gradual process. In a way, this period can be seen as a season of waiting on God’s healing. During this time, I find solace and inspiration in meditating on Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Similarly, my wife is also in a season of waiting. She recently experienced a closed door and the death of a vision she had cherished, after applying for a position with a faith-based nonprofit organization that holds great meaning for her. Despite this setback, she remains resilient and continues to volunteer her time there, trusting in God’s perfect timing and plan.

Lee Cuesta

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