I have a confession to make–I am not a patient person.
Those who really know me are scoffing and muttering, “No kidding.” But, I’m learning to wait–to wait for small children to do things for themselves even though it’s much easier and faster for me to do it, to wait on finances to become available for major household projects, to wait for my boys to become self-motivated to get decent educations, to wait for the next step in my writing career.
Right now, I’m waiting for a yes or a no. Small one-word answer that will change my life. My manuscript is on an editor’s desk or in her e-mail inbox, waiting to be read and a response given.
The waiting is hard. Every time the phone rings, I wonder if it’s Rachelle with news. Nope, so far, she hasn’t called…but she will call…someday. Yesterday, during worship service, we sang I Love You, Lord. Following the song, our pastor prayed and asked that not only our voices be lifted up, but also, our hearts. As I sang, and then listened to his words, I felt wrapped in God’s peace.
I write to honor God and to touch hearts through my characters and their situations. In my head, I substituted and I lift my voice with and I lift my words. At that moment, I felt God telling me to surrender the antsy feeling, the wondering, the nerves jumping every time the phone rings, and to just be patient.
A scripture from Psalm 46:10a NIV has been kicking around in my head for the past week or so:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Be still. Wow, that’s a tough request for this multi-tasker. Oh, and have I mentioned I’m not the most patient person? But, I’m learning.
I need to be still and know He is God. Everything works out according to His timetable. No surprises are in store for Him.
No matter what we may be going through, whether it’s waiting on an editor’s response, a healing miracle for a loved one, finances to pay the bills, or even a job to earn money for those piling bills, we need to keep our faith and trust in God because He does know what’s best for us. We may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.
Share your thoughts: What’s going on in your life that has you waiting, wondering? How are you dealing with it?
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