When will I ever learn that God’s timing is never mine?
I feel like a child who needs to be restrained for her own good sometimes. My Father has me in a season of stretching, but I want the season to end quickly and return to what I like most. If left to my own devices, this would not be a direction I would take.
Selfish I suppose.
I want to check off a list: 1. Learned submission. 2. Learned to lay down my will (well, sort-of …).
Guess what? God doesn’t follow a formula as He shapes and guides us.
Just as the little cup placed in the fiery furnace – I have screamed to escape and return to my shelf. The little cup didn’t realize the heat and surrender to the Master Potter would make her a beautiful piece of decorative china. At least I KNOW God works all things together for my good — yet I squirm and keep saying, “Can I go back now? Please?”
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Tribulations produce perseverance …
Perseverance: Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
In my case, this isn’t a real tribulation, but following a path that I’d rather avoid. The perseverance is in waiting on God and waiting to hear His direction.
Perseverance produces character …
Character: Moral excellence and firmness
Character produces hope …
Hope: To desire with expectation of attainment
If we could only see what God has planned for us TOMORROW. Wouldn’t it make everything so much easier?
I wonder how many awesome blessings we miss because we don’t persevere and wait. Perhaps that is why God has taken the decision out of my hands because I would avoid this path.
Again, just like the main character in Hinds’ Feet on High Places, I want to avoid that which is too uncomfortable. But God knows what is best and what is needed to stretch me (and you as well).
“When you wear the weed of impatience in your heart instead of the flower Acceptance-with-Joy, you will always find your enemies get an advantage over you.”
― Hannah Hurnard, Hinds’ Feet on High Places
I don’t find myself feeling patient about this at all. I want it over, but I should be looking for all of the joy in this that I can locate.
Do any of you squirm on undesired journeys?