Day 23: Wait for It

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.

~Starr

8 thoughts on “Day 23: Wait for It

  1. Well….here I am. I have to laugh cause I thought you slept in. But I am glad you didn’t. I am realizing that I don’t want want to be too busy to pray. I don’t want to be too busy for God to show himself to me. I want to be open enough to grab someone’s hand and drag her to pray with me (even if she says she doesn’t need to). I heard God. I listened! 1 time. I want more of that. More conversations about our appointments that God places before us, with people that I didn’t expect to have these kind of talks with.

    Josiah actually had a good start to his day too! Thank goodness.

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    1. Love this, Melissa!! Listen to Him. React. Be bold. God will send the appointments, they are ours for the taking. And Praise The Lord for Josiah and a good start to the day!

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  2. This so describes me. I try to do everything for everyone. I want to GET IT ALL DONE. The problem is God only made 24 hours in a day. When I can’t get it ALL done I feel stressed and bad about myself because I am not Wonder Woman. If I spend time with God and pray even when I don’t finish everything my attitude is much better.

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  3. Hahahahahahahaha!! I told your mom this morning that I MISSED you…I didn’t know what to do, I ALwAYS read your post after I read Draw the Circle…and then it was this morning—-No, Starr!! Then when I saw the title, I thought “She did that on purpose”!! Freida said…well, she was up! Sometimes, we just gotta do what we gotta do! You needed the rest. Well I will just say, my circles are taking quite a bit longer each morning, but that’s ok. Yes, I too have had to curtail my activities. I tend to be a “busybody”. One of my prayers is to be less of one, and MORE of His. Giving Him more of myself and less to busy things.

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    1. I knew you would be the first one to miss me, Aunt Debra! 🙂 And I had to laugh when I sat down to write and saw the topic that we were covering for the day!! Hahah. I have thought a lot about you and your daily circles. That HAS to be taking some serious dedication to complete everyday. I’m praying for you. And I love that: giving Him more of myself and less to busy things!!

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  4. Yes, I did miss the post this morning, I’ve come to depend on it to set the tone for my day. Yes, I did see your lights on as I do every morning – it’s dark these days when I leave the house! You needed the rest, Starr! I would say that some of your ailments may go away with some extra rest. This is your mama talking now. I’ve found that it gets harder to stay up late as you get older, it just isn’t easy or fun anymore! Speaking of which, I’m up much later than I need to be! I made my circle at work this morning, praying for my sisters in Christ, my team members, and yes, for my boss. I find myself saying quick prayers throughout the day much more often now, knowing that only God can intervene in the manner that I need it at this point on my career and in my life. Today was the first birthday for my mother in law that we celebrated without her. I imagine that she had the best birthday party yet, rejoicing in heaven!

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