Thursday, October 20, 2011

What are you waiting for?

Patience is a virtue that I could use a little more of.  I am simply not patient.  It is something I pray about and work on.  I have learned that grocery store lines are a wonderful place to learn the value of patiently waiting.  I always put a smile on my face and get ready to laugh, because without a doubt, I am going to pick the worst line to get in.  It happens to me and my husband.  We just do not know how to pick the best and fastest line.  There will always be someone in front of us with a question or coupon problem or price check.  We have learned to accept it and laugh it off.

I just cannot stand to be still and be slow.  I am constantly saying, "Hurry it up Macie.  Let's speed things up a bit."  She likes to doddle and browse, and I want to get in and out.

Do you think the Lord is patient with us?  Do you think He is ever saying to us, "Speed it up a bit, I am calling you to do this."?

I have been reading the Book of Joshua recently.  To say the division of the Promised Land can be boring is an understatement.  All those tribes and names and cities can make your eyes cross.  This is also a call to strengthen my patience as I trudge through and find little nuggets hidden in the texts.

 In chapter 18 verse 3 we read, "And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?"  There were seven tribes who still had not "received their inheritance" because they were simply neglecting to go and survey the land.  They had the Promised Land at their fingertips, but just hadn't taken the time to possess it.  Can you imagine?  They were not even trying to receive the blessing.  They were just putting it off.  This is the Promised Land people, what are you waiting for?

Does the Lord have a calling in your life right now, something you have felt Him nudge you towards?  It can be as simple as starting to read a book that could impact your life or volunteering with a new ministry.  Maybe He is asking you to spend more time in prayer with Him or give a little extra to a missionary He has placed on your heart.  He wants you to just take that step of faith and speed it up.  The blessings are there waiting for you like the Promise Land was waiting for the seven slack tribes.  It is up to you to speed it up and obey.

Today's Verse
"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding."  Col 1:9

Seek His will today.  Ask Him to show you if there is something He is calling you to do.  He will show you in a miraculous way, you just have to ask for the knowledge and wisdom.  He might be saying "What are you waiting for?  I am here to help you do what I am calling you to do."  He will bless you when you obey His command!

I love to research and write, but I didn't want to share it.  The thought of others reading my stories made me nervous.  I knew the Lord was asking me to share the words He had given me, but like the Israelites, I was being slack.  I finally realized I wasn't doing this for anybody else; only His approval matters.  I am doing what He has called me to do right now.  If there is a gift or calling you are afraid to share, and yes everybody has one that can be used for His glory, share it today.  What are you waiting for?


  1. I for one am glad you didn't wait any longer ;) Your blogs just blesses my heart!

  2. i am glad as well that you share! it has been a true blessing for me!