“And the parched ground shall become a pool” Isaiah 35:7
Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone. Things may seem to be going all wrong, but He knows as well as we, and He will arise in the right moment if we are really trusting Him so fully as to let Him have His own way and time. It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God’s hands and leave them there. (Streams in the Desert)
God gives us a vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give away. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry; we are always in such a frantic hurry. (Chambers, 1935)
We are always in such a frantic hurry. Frantic- the word itself even sounds stressful. I think that we think that if we are in a hurry it increases our purpose- we are so busy, rushing, with the illusion that we are completing more. Hurrying may appear to lend credibility to one’s actions. Hurrying raises the stress levels of all around you- causing them to be prone to become frantic. And before you know it everyone is sowing the whirlwind that the wind of rushing stirred up. What is in the center of a whirlwind? Either destruction or nothing.
The opposite of hurry isn’t laziness- it is diligence and preparation. It is deliberate engagement. Dr. Charles Stanley encourages us to “Engage God. Bring Him into your battle so you’re not fighting alone. He is absolutely omnipotent- He has all the power. He is absolutely omniscient- He has all the knowledge. He is omnipresent- He is always with you. He will not fail you in the battle.” Don’t focus on the need, focus on the Father.
Yesterday’s blessings: provision, laughter, and seeing Jersey Boys- the movie with my son and his girlfriend.