* The following is a re-post from 2011. As always, thank you for reading.
I admit, I tend to move quickly most of the time. I don't really think
of it as being in a hurry, I just have things to do and don't like
wasting time in between. That's probably why running appeals to me - I
can hurry up and get it over with and be done! It's not that I'm really a
very fast runner, actually I'm pretty slow compared to "real"
runners...still I try. My son once asked me why I walk so fast and yet
run so slow. I guess it's because walking is usually what I'm doing
in between something else.
I tend to do most everything quickly - eat, read, work, talk, even
sleep! My husband, on the other hand, doesn't get in a hurry about
anything. He moves slow and steady. We always manage to be at about the
same "place" however because while he moves in a straight line, I'm
bouncing back and forth like a pinball in a machine. My "movement" isn't
necessarily moving me forward!
Today I had a random thought - God just isn't as "fast" as me. Now,
granted, He managed to make everything there is in only 6 days and I
can't even seem to bake a cake without ruining it. (I either keep
opening the oven to see if it's done or go off and completely forget
about it until someone mutters, "Is something burning?") What I mean is
that He's just not in as much of a hurry as I am.
I'm thinking, "Okay God, tell me what to do and I'll get 'er done!" God
seems to be content to just wait. Maybe that's one reason why He doesn't
reveal too much to me. If He showed me everything I was to do, I'd
either become completely overwhelmed or I'd hear half the instructions
and be off like a light...making mistakes every step of the way. I have
students like that. They are so quick to start their work, they forget
to wait for instructions! They wind up making mistakes simply because
they didn't listen!
Today we had a guest pastor at our church, Pastor Charles Simpson, and
one of his main points was that we don't know how to listen! He brought
up Isaiah 55:3 where it says "Hear and you shall live." Listening will
save you. It's not what I say to God that makes the difference, it's
what HE says to me! The key here is hearing (and that means stopping
long enough to do just that) and then taking the steps He tells you to
See what I mean? God just isn't moving as fast as me...or at least
that's how things appear to one who is bound to this earth and cannot
see exactly what God is up to.
I had a friend who once taught on Moses crossing the Red Sea. He told
the story in a way I'd never heard before. It seems that in the
scripture the parting is described in detail in a way that I usually
just skim over. (See, I told you I read quickly.) According to my
friend, it tells of how the sea began to part on a certain side - and
that was NOT the side they were standing on. The sea started to part and
all Moses and the children of Israel could see was water. To make
things even more interesting, it was probably dark. They couldn't even
see the miracle until it was right in front of them and it was time to
do the crossing.
Okay, I get it. It's not like I ACTUALLY thought I was faster than
God...I just act that way. God is doing things in His perfect timing. He
is moving in ways I cannot see and when the time is right, I get to
join in. I'm just having to learn to wait on His timing. I once heard
that God isn't in a hurry because He controls time. If you're feeling
pushed and rushed, it's probably the enemy of your soul because he's the
only one running out of time!
Since I know it's hard for some of us to just sit, I find encouragement
in knowing that waiting does not mean just doing nothing. I can praise, I
can worship, I can serve with whatever God has placed before me...and I
can work on my listening skills.
That should be enough to keep me busy till He tells me to move. In the
words of Betty Robison, "Don't get in a hurry to settle for less."
The following is copied from my friend, Courtney's, facebook page. I thought it was a perfect fit for the blog: "
2 Peter 3:9, 15
The Lord is not slow in keeping
his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not
wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Bear in mind that our Lord's
patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you
with the wisdom that God gave him.