Hey friends how are you doing? Did you have a good week? We decided to take the week off, last week, to spend some time with the each other. It was a beautiful week; perfect weather, great company, filled with laughter and harmony. We took the time to explore New York with the girls and Benny and I also found lots of opportunities to play golf. On Thursday, we also celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary. I still feel too young to have been married for 26 years. I have spent more time with this man than I have spent without him in my life, for which I am very thankful.
I could not ask the Lord for a better husband for me, he is my perfect mate. He is patient with me and anyone who knows me, understands the degree to which this man is patient. I have a few female friends who believe that if their husbands were like Benny, their marriage would be almost perfect. I do endeavor to remind them that he isn’t in this relationship alone, that I’m there too and I’m doing my part. But for reasons unknown to me, they are of the unfounded opinion that the stability of our union is all hubby’s doing. And they come to me for advice! What do I know? Apparently, I’m just there for the ride, or to look good, right?
On the other hand, I’m not very patient. I have a ‘want it now’ personality. When I have an idea, I want to initiate it immediately and I like immediate results. Waiting is not in my DNA; my darling husband has leant to carefully inform me of decisions that will not occur promptly. I really, really hate to wait. But the Lord has been hard at work with this character flaw of mine. Sometimes, I think the Lord delights in ignoring my timelines. I make my list, I check it twice; there are a few items on my list that comes with a deadline (as a matter of fact,I’m praying about one such matter now). What is wrong with my timeframe?
A few years ago, I had an epiphany. We always think we trust the Lord, until it’s been proven that we don’t. Trust is a trait that is obtained under pressure. My reaction to my “untimely unanswered prayer determines whether I trust God or not. And when I’ve been called to wait and wait and, wait some more, and more, and more for something that doesn’t arrive, on the day I thought it should, if impatience and frustration or anger is my reaction, then surely I’ve not trusted the Lord as I thought I did.
The Lord allows curveballs into our lives to prove to us, as Christians, that we need to trust Him more. Trust in God is a very necessary component in our walk with the Lord. Every aspect of our lives, including that of salvation demands trust. We can’t see our salvation, we can’t touch it, we had to be told by someone, or perhaps we read a book a few thousand years old, yet we trust the work of the Lord, Jesus Christ for our salvation. We were not there yet we believe a historical account of the matter.
If we can trust for our salvation; the most foundational aspect of who we are, then why do I find it so hard to trust the Lord, for most of what can be considered temporary in this life?
Perhaps we wait for a job, or perhaps a husband (I’m keeping mine) or a house or financial security, the God that brought salvation to the human race is more than capable of supplying me with all that I need. Trust in God displays itself with patience, peace, joy, meekness, self-control, to name a few. Trust in God puts others first. Trust in God finds no pleasure in selfishness and conceit. Rather it delights in love and compassion and mercy. Trust in God is quick to forgive and extends grace. Trust waits… does it not?
Since we moved to this house, my husband has renovated the fireplace, the kitchen, the bathrooms, the front porch and has built me a whole closet. On each occasion, I began with prayer that the Lord would grant me patience. I am a duct tape kind of girl, my husband is the check it ten times then cut, (some of you know exactly what I mean). Every-time he completes each project, I am absolutely delighted with the results. The length of time he took has been forgotten, because it is exactly what I wanted, every time.
The Lord has always answered every prayer at the right time. He is never, ever late and there are never any disappointments. It is always exactly what I needed, when I needed it and it’s always a blessing to those around me. Then I can boast in the work He has done in my life. That’s what happens, when I don’t attempt to fix things my way, with duct tape.
Waiting has not become easier, but I realize now how absolutely necessary it is to prove my trust in the Lord.
How do you wait? Yep, I said.. how?