Waiting is such a tough thing. No one really likes it. Drivers inch forward at a stop light anticipating it to turn green because they can't stand to wait. Shoppers jockey for a better place at the checkout, and when possible, they run to the self-check out to avoid the wait.Waiting for the right job, car, special someone, or for circumstances to change to your favor? You are certainly not alone.
Clients and potential clients want to be fit and slim yesterday! As if I had a magic wand to wave and can instantly give them what they want, they desperately search for, what they could have,if only they had taken care of themselves better. These people have tried it all and gained the weight back plus more. Much to their dismay, it takes work and waiting for the results. No one likes to wait.
I remember watching a little boy with his mom anxious for swim lessons. He was about 3 years old. He barreled up to the door and "WHAM!" his body bounced off it. His mother calmly walking up behind him. He tried again, with no change in results. He turned and exclaimed, "Open door, Mommy!" She calmly pulled the heavy door open and reminded him to wait for her. He ran full tilt into the Y while she had their cards scanned. He couldn't go through the other door until the buzzer rang unlocking it. Does this sound like you? I know it sounds like me.
We moved to a different city for a different job my husband wanted at the invitation of a friend. We shouldn't have done it. We bought a house there we shouldn't have bought that plagued us for 3 years. After things fell apart, we moved back to the previous city and he took back his old job. If we had not moved back when we did, he would have lost his job in 6 months through job restructuring. We would have been stuck with a house we couldn't pay for. God had warned us to move back or a "foundation" would quickly crumble. It sure did. We paid a heavy price with a house we couldn't sell for 3 years and bad renters, along with the emotional pain of being used by a friend. Running ahead of God has consequences that are painful and long lasting.
Abram and Sarai (aka. Abraham and Sarah later on) found that out themselves in Genesis 16. They wanted a child badly. She suggested that Abram sleep with her servant to have a child, a surrogate mother situation. God had told them he would bless them with a child, but they didn't wait. God still gave them a son, but not waiting on God cost them then, it still plagues Israel now.
King David responded to impulses for his commander's wife that he should have never entertained in the first place (2 Samuel 11). It cost him the son from that relationship, the life of a good and faithful commander and sons that warred with each other. One of them tried to kill him and take the throne of Israel. Running ahead of God can be costly. Waiting for Him listening for His word to go brings great blessings. Sometimes He even gives a very blatant "Wait!!!" Listen to it.
Waiting on the Lord brings renewed strength in tough times, blessings, God's graciousness and favor, and justice. Rather than bouncing off the door like the 3 year old, which probably didn't feel very good, let us wait on the Lord and all that goes with it!
Blessings to you!
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