Saturday, May 5, 2012

Weekend Worship—Persistant Patience

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Ps 37:7 
I don’t know about you, but waiting patiently isn’t in my top ten of favorite things to do. I hate being patient, whatever it is—I want it, and I want it now. I would like to think I’m a product of my times and environment. After all, we live in a world of the ‘instant now’. How nice it would be to put the blame somewhere other than my immaturity.
This has been particularly true when it comes to my writing life. I want that answer, that contract, that opportunity—NOW. I don’t want to wait for my experience level to match my ambitions. But, time has taught me that God really does know what He’s doing. I can honestly say I’m glad God has delayed and given me time to become a better writer.
God has shown me that’s all impatience is, immaturity with a mask. So many times in my life, if God had given me the answer the moment I asked, I would have missed out on so much. I would have missed the sweet prayer time, the fellowship with others who shared in my journey, and the ultimate joy of something anticipated and achieved. I would have also missed out on being used by God to teach and comfort others as they saw Him work in my life.
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  1. Great post, Edie. Psalms 46:10 is one of my favorite verses. I'm so glad God didn't answer my prayers early on and let me be published. That way only a few saw stiff dialogue and telling instead of showing words. lol

  2. Oh, this is so true! Funny you should be on that track because I'm blogging about something similar related to writing tomorrow.

    I often have to battle the feeling that God is one step slow, but in reality, His timing is perfect, whether I understand it at the time or not.

  3. I've found it to be true -- God's "closed" doors are as much an answer to prayer as His "open" ones. When I remember this truth, it makes waiting a little easier. Thank you for this post, Edie.

  4. It's true here also. The older I get, the more I'm noticing my immaturity. Guess that's a good thing. Can't fix it if I don't see it. Thanks for a great Sunday devotion.

  5. I agree. As the years go by, I realize I'm learning that I don't have to do everything I can to try to make things happen. I'm learning little by little to let go and see what God may really have planned for me...without my help.