This morning, as I was driving to the office, I got stuck being slow-moving vehicles, not once – but twice! TWICE!!
There was no way around them, countryside roads with twist and turns don’t allow much room for manoeuvre. I was resolved, I had to go slow.
In the slowness, I became inspired.
Last week I talked about solving a Rubik’s Cube and how it needs focus and attention rather than hurried movements.
I am a person who continually creates ideas, dreams and holds deep personal desires and bucket list projects. I am also in a time where it feels like I am growing in creative solution focused tasks in the workplace and in how I serve my local church.
None of this is bad when it comes from a place of love and sufficiency.
As I tootled along at 10 miles an hour behind the farming machinery, I thought about patience, or rather impatience. When I feel my ideas, dreams, desires are being delayed of withheld wither by me, others or God, frustration begins to grow. Impatience and upset are quick on its heels and these confuse my mind to what is actually true.
I was resolved, I had to go slow
Maybe instead, in the slowness, God wants to teach patience and hope. When I take my eyes off of Him, I am robbed of these gifts.
I’ve been reading through Habakkuk. “How long!” he cries unashamedly to God in chapter one about the injustice and evil he sees around him; “How long!”
God replies, I often wonder what Habakkuk would have through v5 “Awesome” v6 onward “really like that?”.
Yet in chapter 2 he reaffirms, that he will choose to wait. God tells him to write down the vision as a reminder, as a source of hope. God reassures Habakkuk there is an “appointed time” already in place for justice. The third time Habakkuk speaks, it is not with a complaint but with praise.
My patience isn’t in my self but in Gods strength.
My frustrations are (and I am endeavouring to change this) often much more self-centred than Habakkuk’s cry for justice! The truth though still remains; when we think we can solve this ourselves the prideful will be humbled.
“in the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
It is the righteous who live by faith and He has an appointed time for all things. We are to stand at the watch post and patiently look for what he is about to do.
I am resolved, I have to go slow
and in the slowness, God will inspire
I will praise and hope will grow
Will you stand and wait for Him?