Hello friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? Did you have to say ‘no’ to any activity or event over the weekend? Well I did. I said ‘no’ to a Super Bowl Fellowship held at my church on Sunday evening. I had to; I had to wash my hair. I know for most this may seem like a trivial matter, but to me, ‘hair washing’ must be planned. There are so many details that go into washing natural hair; I usually reserve at least three hours from start to finish. Needless to say, I needed all the time possible to see this through without rushing the process. Truthfully, I don’t like washing my hair, because of that very reason, it is too time consuming, but I like football even less, so it was a no-brainer. I heard that gasp, it’s okay, we will live. My social media feed was inundated with everything Super Bowl, I don’t think I missed anything.
Guess what I did today? I went running. I know… nothing spectacular about that. Right. But I went running outside; in February; with hardly any snow on the ground and it was 52°! Now some of you may not understand the total excitement that comes with this statement; if you live in Florida like nikhop320 or in Texas like pkadams, (Check out their blogs, you will not be disappointed, as a matter of fact, you will thank me later) you may think running outside in February is no big deal. But those of us who live in the northeast, we appreciate the miracle in any temperature that’s above freezing. Yesterday, we had a high of 65° and it rained! In February, which is usually our coldest month. On Saturday our high temperature is going to be 24°, but I don’t even care, because before Saturday, comes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which all bring above freezing temperatures. Yep! I’ll take it and I will take the clouds too. I was so excited about the weather, that I decided to celebrate by running outside this morning. I waved and said hi to everyone I met, I mentally and sometimes physically competed with the young people running in the opposite direction. Thankfully they were totally unaware of this. I was so excited to be outside, that I was breaking my previous records because I was running faster than I usually do. In my excitement though, I forgot about the hills along my path and toward the end I inevitably had to slow down. In my haste, I failed to remember too, that the treadmill is cushioned, and the road is most definitely not. Have you ever been this excited about something? Perhaps you prayed about something and the Lord answered in the affirmative. Ahhh yes, I know that excitement, I am so thrilled with the response that I didn’t wait for the rest of the answer. In the exhilaration of that yes answer, we totally outrun the Lord at times. In our eagerness to ‘get there’ we leave the Lord behind, we neglect the signs and ignore the roadblocks. Yes… our Great and Mighty God has given us consent, but sometimes, consent comes with a ‘wait’. Oh, how I hate to wait. Patience is a virtue the Lord will forever cultivate in me. I must remember that the God who created time can’t be constrained by it, neither does time limit Him in any way. He controls time and His timing is always perfect. ALWAYS. Sometimes, I remind Him of my presence because it’s been a few years now and I know He said yes. Every circumstance point to it, but ever so gently; I love that about my God, although He can roar like the mighty rushing rivers (Ezekiel 43:2), He chooses to gently remind me that He has not forgotten His promise. He is true to His promise, every promise He makes, He will keep that promise. His timing will perhaps never align with my time, but His time will always be the best for me. He is never late, even when Martha and Mary thought He was ‘too’ late (Luke 10:38-42), He was right on time. Maybe you are waiting for the Lord’s deliverance, maybe you are waiting for Him to fulfill that promise, He made years ago; keep waiting my friend. But while you wait, don’t forget to encourage and edify. While you wait, don’t forget to serve. While you wait, don’t neglect that special time with our PROMISE-KEEPER. While we wait, we will pray and ‘work out our salvation’. While we wait, we will trust and believe in the God of the Universe, our Way-maker and Promise-Keeper. While we wait….