We have become an incredibly impatient culture haven’t we? It seems we are always in a hurry, and we constantly want things to be faster.
This sense of urgency shows up everywhere in life, and our relationships. It can even show up in our spiritual life, and our relationship with God. We hear the impatience in statements like, “I don’t have time to pray” or, “I pray but nothing is happening”.
In addition to what we say, we betray our impatience through our actions. We have all the best intentions when we, “let go and let God”, however, when things don’t move along, quite as fast as we’d like, we end up taking it all back. Perhaps we take it back, because we want, what we want, when we want it. It seems we want it our way and we want it now. It also seems we aren’t willing to wait on God and His timing.
It is true that, if we trust in the Lord, and rest in His timing, things may not go according to our plan, or happen according to our timeline. But think about it; if we step back and take a realistic look at what we are talking about, we can see how absurd this sounds. We are comparing our plan and timeline with God’s! Let’s consider the extent of the absurdity, shall we? We, being merely humans, are severely handicapped by our human limitations, and our narrow view of life. Our plans and our timing will always be deficient in some way shape or form, because we don’t have the whole picture and we aren’t perfect!
Where we, have only part of the picture of our life, God has the whole picture. Where we, have limitations caused by our human condition, God, being all-powerful, has no limitations. He is perfect! Accepting His plan, and resting in His timing, for our life, is brilliant, right?
I don’t know about you, but even though I know that the Lord’s plan and timing, for my life, is definitely the best, I still struggle. It’s that whole human thing that trips me up! I battle my desire to have it my way.
I have to deny my desire to be in control, and choose to trust that God knows what and when is best for me. It takes a conscious act of my will to rest in His timing, when I really want things to hurry up. The decision isn’t a once and done thing either; I have to remind myself to be docile to the Lord every minute of every day. (I’m kind of hard headed).
Resting in the Lord’s timing renews my strength, because I am no longer fighting against my life, and the circumstances that seem to mount against me. If I wait on the Lord, He becomes my guide, my gauge, my timing. He becomes my strength. It is His plan and His timing. I become God’s paintbrush and my life becomes His masterpiece.
My plans and my time frame are so flawed and short sighted in comparison to the Lord’s eternal view. I need to slow down, step aside and wait on the Lord’s perfect plan and timing for my life.
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint.” ~Isaiah 40:31~