Patience, Prime Shipping, and Answered Prayer
I don’t like to wait. Amazon Prime has ruined me. If I shop on any website besides Amazon and it says shipping will be in 3 days or more I instantly leave in complete disgust. I have no time for waiting. I need it NOW!
But, it feels like the Lord is constantly asking me to wait. Patience is my biggest struggle.
And then I read this:
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends; With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people understand slowness. 2 Peter 3:8
Apparently, God doesn’t do Prime shipping. A thousand days? Umm..Seriously? Are those business days or do weekends and holidays count? No time for that.
If I go by the world’s timeline I am behind, way behind. I need more savings, more exercise, more dentist appointments, more time alone with my husband. I cannot get ahead. I am forever waiting for something different. For more. I am praying for change, I am asking God for the next season, anything but this season. I am stuck in “wait” and waiting is so hard.
When I am focused on the world’s timeline, and where the world says I need to be, I will never be in the right spot. But, the good Lord knows exactly where I need to be, and here I am. So, patience is not really waiting to get to a place of being, but a place of peace right where I am.
I have had many times in my past where the Lord asked me to trust him and wait. It was always hard, it always seemed longer than necessary. But, in the end, his timing was perfect and the outcome was better than I could have ever imagined. He is good, he is wise, he is faithful, and he loves me.
Whether I am waiting for healing, success, restoration, or answers, the peace that surpasses all understanding, that comes from him who gives all good things, is what gets me through.
And here is what is better than free Prime shipping; He does not expect us to endure, be strong, be better, try harder. He wants us to bring our weak, wobbly, sad, insufficient impatience to him so he can make it perfect. And, I still have to keep reminding myself; bring the empty so he can fill. If your shopping cart is empty, he may not ship in 2 business days, but he will come through with exactly what you need at the exact right time. And it’s all paid for.
His patience, not mine. His timing, not the worlds.
Enter His Rest,
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act Psalm 37:7
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