I believe that even the smallest decisions we make on a daily basis can have a huge impact on our lives. They’re also far more important than the days we live. There are many things I wish I could change. Decisions I’d like to alter. Words I wish were never spoken. Relationships I should have appreciated more. The moments in which I wish I would have been less hasty. Because you know what? There is absolutely no shame in waiting.
Regret…. “a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done.” All of us have been down that road. That path that only leads to the “what-if” town. What would have happened if I had reacted differently. What would happened if I had spent more time with him. What if I had waited?
“Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”
There are so many times in life when we need to wait. “I have prayed and waited for so long,” you say. I believe you. I feel your pain. And I am absolutely sure God is able to answer those prayers of yours. However, in His infinite wisdom, He knows when you’re ready. The way to stay in the race is to learn to wait on God. Read it again if you need to…. I’ll be here when you’re done.
It is against our nature to be still and wait on the Lord. How many times have you tried to run just to fall on your face? Our minds say, “I can handle this.” God says, “You need to trust Me. Just wait on Me.” News flash! You are not nearly as strong or wise as you think you are. I’m sorry. I really don’t mean to rain on your parade.
My pastor once said, “Waiting can be like allowing dirt to settle in a glass of water. Once the dirt settles, the matter will be clarified.” I can guarantee you will see more clearly if you wait. Just give it a try. Is God ever late? I didn’t think so.
Unfortunately, there will be times when you have to stay still even though everyone else is moving. It will seem like the world is silent – God is silent. But you know what? To hear God’s calling, you have to listen. Don’t wait on someone else to call your name when the Lord has already called you. He is more than enough.
Finally, don’t try to cook the “happy life” soup without the most important ingredient – your full obedience to God. You can try your best to substitute it, but it just won’t be the same. You can decide not to follow the recipe, but there’s a chance it will fail. You can try to speed-up the process and cut down the cooking time, but the contents of the soup might not be cooked. It’s not ready. You’re not ready.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy was acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”