By: Meghan Robinson
She is patient, I am not!
I have a gift. Ask my husband. Anywhere I go, I have a gift of choosing the LONGEST line! If I am at the grocery store and I choose what appears to be the shortest line with only one person in front of me, it will inevitably become the longest line because I am in it! Something happens with the cashier or the person in front of me and I am forced to stand smiling, waiting, tapping my foot and watching while all of the lines around me move at a desired pace but mine is standing still! This happens in the school pick up lane, airport security, the mall, just about anywhere I go! I am convinced that God is trying to teach me something and apparently I am a very slow learner!
I am the kind of girl that likes to move fast. I walk fast, talk fast, drive fast and to be quite honest, I am always in a hurry to accomplish the next BIG thing! That, in and of itself, is not a bad trait. In fact I think it’s the way God created me! The problem comes when my timing doesn’t line up with God’s timing. This can produce disappointment, discouragement and frustration. I might find myself comparing “the line” I am in to the “fast paced line” of everyone else. Comparison is the root of all inferiority and when I am constantly watching others, I tend to miss what God is doing right in front of me!
I’ve heard it said that “God is never late, but he is never early! He is always right on time!” But, I must confess that often times I find myself staring at my proverbial watch wondering if God will ever show up and if I will ever accomplish all I dream of.
Maybe you can relate.
When I was single, I could not wait to be married.
When I was married, I could not wait to be pregnant.
When I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to have the baby.
When I had that baby, I couldn’t wait for that baby to be independent.
When I was working, I couldn’t wait to be a stay at home mom.
When I became a stay at home mom, I couldn’t wait to get back to work! 🙂
I found myself in one season constantly looking and striving for the next rather than enjoying the moment that I was in! This is not for a lack of advice. Every wise woman in my life could say “I told you so.” Everyone encouraged me to embrace and enjoy the season I was in but to me it always felt like a line at the grocery store! I just wanted to “check out” sooner and get to the next place on my list!
This year, in a very impatient moment, I heard God reminding me:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” Isaiah 55:8 (NLT)
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
Delay is not denial. Whatever you have been dreaming for, praying for, believing for, God hears you! He has good plans for you. 1 Peter reminds us that God is not slow as some count slowness, but PATIENT! I hate that word but God loves it! It’s one of the most challenging fruits of the spirit. If it took physical form it would be slimy, sour and hard to swallow. No one loves patience.
However, God’s thoughts and plans are far greater than anything you or I could imagine. While you are ready for the next season, God might still be doing something in this one (in you and through you!)
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised!” Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)
If I could encourage you in one thing it would be to stop looking for what’s next and embrace what is now! Ask God to illuminate what character traits he is trying to work on in you during this season, you will need them for the next! Take your eyes off everyone else’s lane and see the people that are in your own. Practice an attitude of gratitude for all that God has done, it will fill your heart with hope for all that is to come! Then, before you know, you will hear the word NEXT and it will be time to move forward into a new season and practice patience all over again!
ABOUT MEGHAN ROBINSON
Meghan and her husband Carey pastor The Movement Church in Orange County California! Meghan is a wife, mom to two beautiful girls, church planter, pastor, speaker, friend, and big dreamer! Her greatest passion is helping women identify the God dream inside of them and awaken to their greater purpose! She also loves seeing women in ministry connected, equipped and inspired and is a part of our She Leads team!
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