Thursday, January 18, 2018
"Life is Full Of Waiting..."
Waiting takes time. But we forget that. We're impulsive, impatient and rushed by the passage of time. The generation of the 21st-century having the "a microwave" sense of time managed to bring influence or impact this way of thinking to all age groups.
I say this because I find myself anxious and easily frustrated when I have to wait for the stop light to turn green and the driver driving the car in front of me couldn't move any faster. Standing in line going to the bank teller or grocery cashier for my groceries and I have to wait because there so much talking going on between the cashier and the customer and you know that is not the place to get into a longer conversation. That is a place of business where you get what you need, pay for it and go. See what I mean...I got that kind of vibe being around my children for so long and in the workforce and everywhere for that matter.
However, whenever I get these negative emotions about waiting, they don't reside in my heart. I let it go...
Although I may have seemed to adopt the fleeting world in which we live I'm sure that I'm mindful not to break God's hedges over me. I know the disadvantages and the advantages of waiting but I'd rather focus on the latter.
In the book of Galatians 6:9, says, "And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." Also in the book of Isaiah 40:31 tells us that, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint."
I have things I have been praying for a long time now and had not gotten answers. My petitions to the Lord don't have anything to do with wealth, possessions, fame and extensive traveling around the world. Maybe one day I want to go visit Jerusalem's Western Wall and be rebaptized in Jordan River.
There are times that I feel that perhaps I'm praying the wrong things or not verbalizing them enough. Whew...here I go again speculating.
I should know that waiting involves seeking the Lord, resting in God's timing and provision, not my timeline and feeding my ego.
I know that waiting builds patience in us, straightens and builds character and in doing so, it encourages others and gives greater ability to witness. That's my heart's desire.
I was reading a good article earlier about how "the ability to wait on the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and in what God is doing."
"I am convinced that while we remain tethered to time, God works in and through us within that framework."
So continue to wait patiently knowing and trusting God's principles, promises, purposes, and his power.
When you're waiting to be served in a restaurant or in the bank or any public place where you see a long line, don't just stand there--strike a conversation with a live person not consuming your time texting, or looking at your smartphone checking how many likes did you get that you just posted.