One of the hardest lessons we struggle to learn is patience. Think about it. When was the last time you weren’t 100% impatient? We’ve all been to a restaurant that takes maybe a little too long to get our food out or been to a store that the line moves a little too slow, and well we get impatient. At the end of the day though you probably got your meal or purchased your items even though it may have taken a little longer than you would’ve liked, but overall you are satisfied.
Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” You see the Lord has a plan for all of us, but often times I think we get a little impatient with Him.
While the Lord knows our plan, we may not always see His plan for us, and so we take action. We may try to rush into something or change routes or try and go in a completely different direction just to get what we want a little faster. Have you ever tried to rush into something though and it backfired? Like when you try and complete a project that requires a couple of hours work, but you’re in a rush so you condense it into about 30 minutes of work instead. You see when you do this you are giving up quality, because quality work takes time.
The Lord is a patient worker who takes his time with his projects, and each one of us are his projects. His plans for us take time. We are not a ‘rushed project’, for our lives are full of quality and each of us of worthy of His plans. So when you are trying to “plan out your life”, because lets face it that is something we all do sometimes. Don’t look at it as in ‘I need to get this all done within this amount of time,’ look at in perspective of “Okay Lord, guide me through this time in my life,” When He opens a door, walk through that door until He closes it.
This maybe something that is hard to see or even think about at times, but be patient. The Lord’s plan for you is perfect in every way, it may not be easy, but it is worth it. I think it also helps to remember that the plan the Lord has created for you is your plan. Everyone has a unique and perfect plan. With this in mind I reflect on Psalm 37:7 as it reads, “ Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways…” In other words, when other people in your life find success don’t sit back and think “Okay God when is it going to be my time to shine?” Instead, be joyful for that person and look at the example of the good God is doing in others life just as He can do in yours.
So the next time you’re in the grocery store or waiting in line for your coffee, have patience. Remember that God’s time is best and just like it takes time to brew coffee it takes God some time to make you too.
Posted on Fri, September 20, 2019
by Tyler Williamson