On one hand it can be a tool for the enemy. It's great at planting doubt in God and sewing seeds of discord. It can make us question what we know to be true and lean more on our ever lying emotions. The enemy loves to prod us to think that God has forgotten for us, that He will never show up and that our concerns and prayers are trivial and don't matter to the King of the universe. It's great for harvesting a crop of anger, bitterness and jealousy.
On the other hand it can make us lukewarm. We can pray and not really believe that it matters but we do it out of ritual and so we can check off that box for the day. And then we get to work to try to solve our own problems. Doing for ourselves in this way, drives a wedge between where we are and where God wants us to be. It really says "I give this to God a courtesy"...with a string tied to it so we can fish it back.
On another (odd, third) hand...it can be a precise tool. It can be a fine tipped pen to an author, a delicate scalpel to a skilled surgeon, a chainsaw in the hands of one of those artists who can carve crazy cool sculptures from a chunk of wood, a paintbrush in the hands of a master artist...
Waiting can create miracles, heal tempers, sooth hearts, bring clarity, allow for justice, usher in Peace, restore Joy, develop endurance, blossom patience, harvest love.
None of those things are possible with rash choices, with self advocating or pushing our own way. None of those things happen right now, in my time.
None of those. Beauty isn't possible without His timing. A lack of waiting well is like choosing a bruised apple you can enjoy now, over an enormous tree overflowing with fruit if we just hold out.
I can think of countless times in my life, where if I had only waited, even a day or a couple of hours sometimes, if I had only waited I would have spared so much pain, so much heartache. In fact, I think the source of much man-made pain can be traced back to not waiting but acting instead.
Choosing to wait well, it's a gift to ourselves. And it's not automatic or easy. It's an exercise against our will. It means picking things back up sometimes and laying them once more in our Savior's lap. Again. And again. And again. Sometimes with hot tears rolling down our cheeks, sometimes with anger coming out of our ears, sometimes with Joy, but choosing to do it just the same.
But above all...waiting well is our choice.
The LORD is good to those who wait
for him, to the soul who seeks him.
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