Yeah, I made up that word, but I thought it worked with this post. I’ve heard people joke about how God can take a long time to do things. As a child, I just listened and didn’t really think about it. But now that I’m older, I look over my life (so far), and I must say that sometimes (from my human perspective) it seems like God can be slow at times. I do not confine God to ‘time’ (as He is an eternal being). I know He created time for this dimension. But I also know He understands my human perspective.
Throughout the years, I have noticed somethings in my life took years to come to fruition. And, I also believe He placed certain projects and ministries on my heart that are taking a long time to get off the ground. Sometimes my paths get block. God allows distractions. I get frustrated. I get impatient, and after a year or two, I don’t want to do the things at all and wanna give up. I know at times this is just satan and his minions trying to stop me. And sometimes God may be saying, “I did put this on your heart, but I didn’t tell you to go that way or to act now.”
I feel as if He shouldn’t put things on my heart I can’t do right away. Of course, I believe He said these things will come to pass in my lifetime. So I think, man, is this gonna happen when I’m 70? I guess that might be the case.
And, sometimes, I ask God to help me understand something that I don’t get (which other Christians don’t have an answer to and is not in the Bible), and He does not give me clarity till years down the line. I think, geez, why couldn’t you tell me when I asked years ago?
I’ve realized that sometimes we’re just not ready for some answers or events until we experience certain things in life. Sometimes, your answer is the problem or distraction. Perhaps it is how you act while waiting. And He may also want to teach you to be patient and wait for instruction and direction. If He tells you one step, do it, and wait for the next.
I must admit His delays seem to be right. If I had done some things years ago, I would of messed them up because I wasn’t ready. Some of the distractions and problems prepared me for what He wanted me to do. Sometimes, I was just impatient and wanted things to happen immediately, so I followed my own plan. And I do seem to understand things better by and by (as the hymn says). Well, it’s all for the building up of His Kingdom, and that’s what really matters, right?
So we are pupils of Patiencism. We must wait on the Lord and have Faith that He knows what He is doing (this is something that God has been trying to teach me since I was a teenager).
At times, he is instant (and I see this too), but other times, not. Besides, learning like healing is a process, and you can’t and will not learn everything in one day, nor in this earthly body. God will reveal things, and things will happen when He feels it is the right time: God’s. Perfect. Timing.
I’ve decided yet again to give my frustrations to God because I cannot rush Him. And, nothing can be done out of His plan, anyway. When I do try to rush things, I create a big mess that God has to clean up. And sometimes, it adds to the delay. So I will seek His direction for my life, and go on in Faith knowing that God has my best interest at heart. I know that one day I will see Him face to face and be with him forever; this, I am patiently waiting for.
Here are a few verses to meditate on…
2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Habakkuk 2:3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall run and not faint.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
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