Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wait for it...

The traffic crawled as my friend, Liz, and I made our way home from a day of shopping. This particular highway was slow due to construction but was the most direct way home.

"Are you sure you don't want to take the back roads? This is taking forever!" Liz said, losing her patience.

" Nope, I know this seems slow but it will be worth it." I replied.

I was kind of surprised to hear myself say that. I'm the queen of "rabbit trails." I've been known to head for the back roads at the very first sign of traffic, but not today. Something in my spirit was telling me to be patient and the hold the course.

Within a mile, we passed through the bottleneck and the flow of traffic opened up. We were once again moving at the posted speed and arrived home before we expected. I couldn't help but wonder where I would have been had I taken the back roads instead. Sitting at a red light somewhere?

Have you ever gone out of your way to make something happen faster? Are you feeling stuck in a traffic jam right now? It can be just as frustrating to work twice as hard for the same result as it is to feel stuck in place. Either way, we end up losing our patience all because we wouldn't wait for it.

We may think we can do things faster by working harder, but at the end of the day, we're wrong (and tired). God's timing is perfect. When we don't see Him moving, we need to trust that He is clearing the path before us. In His timing, the bottleneck will clear and He will lead us on.

Be blessed,

"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:13-14


Teri Jones said...

Yes, that's usually the case with me too. Then, when He does bring release, I find myself screaming, "Wait, slow down!" I'm trying to trust Him in the high-speed freeway driving as well as the waiting.

Unknown said...

Ha ha, me too! I think it's a matter of being careful for what you ask for. ;)

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