May 30, 2012
Whether it relates to food, finances, sex, an upcoming vacation, my favorite sporting event, holidays, events with my wife or daughters, my schedule for the day, my strategy for dealing with a stressor or conflict, or plans to navigate a relationship obstacle … waiting to see what happens sometimes seems frustrating and unfair. I want to know what is going to happen, and I want to know now. Killing time and being patient to see whether my “master plan”, “needs”, or “expert” solutions will actually occur, or whether I have to accept someone else’s plan (who obviously doesn’t know or care about me as much as I do) is sometimes a tortuous struggle. It’s a significant test of my self-control over my knee-jerk impulses to expedite my solution.
Wow! So many views and beliefs within that first paragraph were creative twists and distortions of the truth. We all fall into the trap of believing or assuming them to be true at times. We are especially gullible when we are under pressure. But in the moment, I totally believe them. When left to my own understanding, using my old crappy lenses to view life, my ability to assess present situations is often faulty, especially when I just go with my initial “gut” view and response.
You see, we live in a microwave society that says “Give it to me right away,” “I want all my needs met immediately,” or at least, “Give me a sign that they will be met pretty soon”. Now is not soon enough for most people. In this hurried world, it’s very difficult to let God set the pace, accept His wisdom and decisions, then wait for His plans to play out.
We need to slow down the merry-go-round of our life … by taking a closer look at life through God’s lenses. Try accepting that God’s timing is perfect. Understand that a delayed response to your request does not mean “no” forever. But if “no” is the answer you do get, understand that God is really saying, “No, because I love you and I have something for you that’s better than what you asked for.”
Today, instead of getting impatient, frustrated, or wallowing in self-pity about what you didn’t get, be excited about the “something better” that God has in store for you or has already given you today. Be patient with His timing and accept His wisdom about your request and your true need. Examine the glitches in your plan and identify what the Perfect Teacher is teaching you today. We designed WITHIN REACH and our curriculum to help you respond well to the situations God sovereignly brings to your life today. Whether you accept God’s answer or impose your agenda is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father, through this renewed intimacy with You, I am developing patience to accept Your wisdom for my decision. For far too long I have been focusing on the outer person; now I focus on the inner person. I pray that as I increase my focus on You, my Lord, You will transform me into the one You desire me to be. I yield to you, Lord … I do not resist this change, nor do I desire to slow it down or speed it up. I let You set the pace Lord, for I know Your timing is perfect. I hold your hand, Lord, with childlike trust, just as babies hold their parents’ hands as they learn to walk, step by step. Hold my hand and let me feel and enjoy the tempo of this God-breathed life I am now living. Thank You, Lord. I pray this in the name of the One who was never rushed, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:3-6