Good morning, friends!
WAAAIT a minute – did Starr oversleep this morning??? NOOO. I’m still up at 6am – but last night I decided to actually sleep – well…I really was just planning to take a “nap” at 10pm and then get up and write, but that didn’t happen! So, here I am writing in the early morning hours. And how ironic that our topic today is….waiting! God has a sense of humor, doesn’t He?
This topic is one that I have always been drawn to. It sparks something special inside of me, maybe because I’m such an impatient person?!?!?
There’s a verse that is hidden in a tiny little book towards the end of the Old Testament called Habakkuk:
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3 NLT
This goes right along with what Mark Batterson had to say in the opening of our daily reading:
When God says no to a prayer, it doesn’t always mean no; sometimes it means not yet. It’s the right request but the wrong time. (pg 129 Draw the Circle)
YES! How many times has this been true for things we have prayed in our lives? We have gotten so used to the fast food mentality – make our order and BOOM, get it right now! That isn’t how God operates. His ways are not our ways and I’m learning more and more that His timeline is not my timeline.
And for me personally, these two paragraphs from our reading today, sum it all up beautifully:
In our impatience, we often try to do God’s job for Him. We treat Sabbath observance like a luxury instead of a commandment. We only obey it when it’s convenient, and then we discover that it’s never convenient. We work as though the world revolves around us and relies on us. Maybe it’s time to rest as though the world revolves around and relies on the Creator who hangs the stars and spins the planets.
Let me come right out and say it: we’re way too busy. In the words of the apostle Paul, we’re “busybodies.” We’re constantly trying to do more and more in less and less time. The net result is that we don’t have any margins in our lives. And that is when prayer gets marginalized. We think we have too much to do to pray, but the exact opposite is true; we have too much to do not to pray! (pg 132 Draw the Circle)
I can just stop right here. Every word that I just typed describes me. I have got to stop doing more and more and create margins in my life. I am so guilty of being the busybody. And this takes me back to what I have felt God was drawing me to in prayer for this 40 days: God, unrush me and change my pace – teach me to linger in You. Let that tone spill over into my family, my work, my church, everything that I do.
Have I gotten it right yet? Nope.
Did I have an insane day yesterday? Yep. Was part of that my own fault? Yep. Was that probably why I took a “nap” at 10pm? Seriously, who does that? Mrs. Busybody.
But if we don’t pray first, our work won’t work. We can’t do something for God until we let God do something for us. (pg 133 Draw the Circle)
Amen to that! I’m going to pray now, cause I need a lot of it, for sure.