I have to admit that yesterday was ‘not my favorite day.’ But it was a day that tested my faith and taught me that I was too quick to expect immediate solutions to my ‘worry’ prayers. It was a lesson in patience…don’t we humans really dislike ‘patience’ lessons… if we’re truthful?
Technology gives us immediate answers at the tap of a finger and a click on a pad…God is not in competition with technology…in His line of work…there is a reason for waiting time and patience. Two entities that strengthen human faith.
I was so emotionally depleted by evening yesterday…that I temporarily forgot about the blog post…it was very tempting to consider just explaining my exhaustion and most readers would have understood and life would go on.
But something stopped me….literally… a book… that fell from a book shelf… while looking for a novel a friend wanted to borrow.
I glanced at the title as I started to replace it (Trading Your Worry for Wonder)…and as I casually opened it..my hand lowered…I turned in the book to a ribbon marker left behind…and started reading. It was God’s response to my on-going prayers yesterday.
Did I ever need a God Wink ? This is what I read.
“Persist and don’t give up!” If you have prayed and given your worry to God..but yet it comes back a few minutes later, don’t give up!”
“Remember…the bigger or heavier the anxiety or problem, the more times you may need to give it to God until it’s really released. If the fear recurs, don’t say, “Well, this isn’t working.”
“Instead stop and give your worry to God again…but add “thanksgiving” to God for His help in advance. Each time you will get a little more victory. Your peace will increase until your mind is totally at rest concerning the matter.”
” Rest means mental and spiritual tranquility, freedom from all worries. And that’s when the revelation is released on how to handle your particular anxiety”.
“When we fret and worry…it’s like wearing dark glasses. We shut out the light and can’t see what God is trying to teach us through the experience. But if we keep thanking and praising God we will see His loving hand guiding us …and it is this amazing grasp of divine connection… that changes our worry to wonder.”
When I woke up yesterday…like most Americans…disappointed in the on-going election process with no conclusion in sight…it felt like just one more exercise in waiting…and we all have had our patience tested while waiting in quarantine through the seemingly never-ending coronavirus.
Couldn’t just one thing happen normally on time…why was everything seemingly abnormal in the expected routines and traditions in our country?
After my personal pity-party…God let me sit a few minutes and stew. He let me know that this waiting time was especially allotted me to do a lot of catch-up correspondence (long over-due)telephone calls to check on family and friends with accidents and illnesses…gifts to be bought for loving friends and then mailed or given to them.
In other words, in mortal translation…God told me “To get off my “arse” and do something for someone else!”
It took me all day to accomplish these over-due acts of kindness…but God was right…it kept my mind off the politics of the day and on special people I needed to re-connect with…with no more delays.
So until tomorrow….
May we all learn to use waiting time in the best way we can…reaching out to others.
” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh (Lesson learned 🙂