My husband likes to take things slow. He likes to think things through and give it time. He doesn’t proceed until every detail is planned.
I’m the opposite. When I get an idea I jump on it–today. I don’t need weeks to get my ducks in order, I need hours. I want things done well, but I also want them done quickly. I don’t see the point in waiting just for the sake of waiting when I can proceed on what needs to get done.
And so we balance each other out. He slows me down while I give him a push, and somehow we tend to meet in the middle.
As a believer I’m hungry to grow, which means that I’m trying my best to patiently wait on God’s timing.
Lysa Terkeurst understood the importance of waiting when she wrote, “God loves us too much to answer our prayers at any other time than the right time.”
Throughout scripture we see people waiting on God as Noah waited for rain, Hannah patiently waited for a child of her own, Moses waited 40 years before he led the children out of Egypt and another 40 in the desert of testing. Joseph waited in prison until God set Him free.
Don’t be discouraged when you’re waiting on God. Remember that patience produces character which is an important part of your growth.
Waiting on God is more than just sitting around watching the clock. It’s an invitation to believe in His wisdom and to trust in His plan, even and especially when we’re left in the dark.
It’s easy to trust someone when they do things your way, but to trust someone blindly takes faith–faith in His plan, faith in His timing, and faith in His wisdom and power.
Until God opens the next door for you praise Him in the hallway. – Unknown
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Practice being patient this week. If things are difficult, trust that God is working them out.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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