God walks slowly, yet moves swiftly.
Sometimes while we are in the midst of waiting and it seems as if the waiting will never end, it can be so tempting to just give up, or take things into our own hands. As if our ways are better than His.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 KJV
Sometimes the wait is long – longer than we could have ever known or expected. But, you promised me? Yes, and? Because it is not happening now does not mean that it won’t. It will. Just wait a little while…
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV
We cannot always see what He is designing, while we are in the midst of things, especially the wait. It’s usually not until we are out and on the other side, that we see the beauty.
A coworker and I had a conversation and I thought she put it beautifully. She was discouraged about her children, from what I know of her kiddos, I encouraged her that she was doing a wonderful job. I reminded her of hers and their successes. She said to me: All I can see is the backside of the tapestry and it’s ugly from here. There’s nothing beautiful about it at all. I paused a while, took in what she said. I’ve felt that way before, I cannot see the other side of my own wait… As an outsider, looking in, I cannot see the backside of her metaphorical tapestry, all I see is the beautiful design being created. When the picture is done, you’ll be able to see it too.
I have never been one for tapestries, I look at myself as more a piece of pottery on His wheel. One that had to broken all the way down and reshaped in His image. I have been through the refiner’s fires over and over again. He’s been working some things out of me, kneading some things into me. As I await the finished product, I have some choices to make: how I will endure the process and my attitude while I wait. I can choose to sit idly by waiting for change to come – but what would become of me – doing nothing? I can choose to take matters into my own hands, likely make a mess of things. But, I would rather choose to draw closer to Christ, dive into His Word, choose to serve, choose to live, choose to love…
*Photo by KayBee05