Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hold on a minute!

This is a blog I posted a few years ago. God brought it to my mind today because I desperately need to take my own advice...!

While sipping coffee from my travel mug, I sit in a long, twisting line of cars all waiting for a train to cross. From my vantage point I can see the end of the train and there are only about 15 or 20 boxcars still to come, so I relax for a minute and begin flipping through a little daily devotional that I keep in the center console of my car. 

A woman in a small SUV several cars ahead of me must have gotten tired of waiting and decided to just turn around. I thought this was rather odd because we hadn’t been waiting very long and, as she drove past glancing at her watch, I watched the end of the train go through the crossing. 

If she would have only waited, she would be moving forward by now heading in the right direction. Instead she will be going several miles out of her way to find another crossing that will get her to the other side of the tracks. All because she couldn’t bear the wait!

I can’t help but think of all the times I’ve been that woman. Instead of holding fast and having faith, I lose my patience and try to find a short cut. All the while I miss out on the blessing that God provides when I wait on Him. By the way…God really dislikes short cuts, it’s not His thing!

Have you ever made more work for yourself because you were impatient? In the end, did it turn out your way or God’s way? You would think by now we would understand that when God says ‘Wait…’ there’s a reason. That means He’s up to something and it is usually for our benefit and His glory.  I know the ‘train’ can seem so long and be painfully slow, but have faith that no matter what you’re going through, the train will pass and the blessing will come! 

Be blessed,

“I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-3


Lisa Bell said...

Studying original language meanings several years ago, I learned a couple of important lessons about waiting. First, waiting "in" the Lord works far better than waiting "on" Him. Second, wait in Greek didn't mean sitting around drumming fingers. The connotation of the original language frequently indicated active waiting. What am I doing while I'm waiting? Continue with the last thing the Lord told me to do until he tells me do something else. Difficult? Excruciating. But all things are perfect in His time. Thank you for the reminder to wait and not miss what He has planned for me.

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