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There is a difference in watching “for” and watching “with”. Most of the time we are watching “for” God to reply, respond, act, etc. In the midst of Gethsemane grief, Jesus asked His disciples to “watch with” Him (Matthew 26:40). Unable to do so, they opted instead for a few moments of sleep, watching and waiting only for Him to finish praying. While we may not opt for sleep, seldom do we “watch with” Him. We conclude that we are far too busy for such passive activity. We’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see. How could we possibly spend time simply “watching?” When will be learn that quiet time is never wasted time when it is spent with Him? The disciples would later learn not only to “watch with” Him on one occasion, but for the rest of their lives. Fanny Crosby, who due to her blindness, could not “watch” as most of us can, wrote, “Watching and waiting, looking above, filled with his goodness, lost in His love.” May He never have to ask of us, “Could you not watch with me” (Matthew 26:40)?

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Comment by Paul Varnedoe on September 14, 2010 at 10:56pm
Even with her blindness I believe Fanny could see far better than many of us. That is total faith - never even thinking to rely on self - I've never even thought of "watching with" - it's always been "watching for" - "watching for" almost sounds selfish now that I think about it the way you've put it.
Comment by Joy L. Turner on September 7, 2010 at 4:25pm
Good word....seems we need to constantly remind each other of this important lesson....thanks Dr. C for always pointing us in the right direction

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