I was young, but now I’m not. What I am now took time. Many mistakes happened along the way. Somehow, I realized that these were all my mistakes. I was doing things my way, on my time—presumptuous of me.
Somewhere in my life journey, I realized I needed the Lord’s leadership. But how to get it was the question. Should I try this thought, or was it another? Neither one of them worked.
Psalm 40, verse one, states, “I waited patiently for the Lord.” I realized I was trying to manipulate God to get him to agree with my wants and desires. That was the wrong thought process. God doesn’t jump when we humans say jump.
God makes moves on His timetable, not in response to our commands. When God knows everything is in place, He will act, but not before.
In the meantime, we are to wait. Keep praying, keep believing, and most of all, keep our faith in Him. That takes patience. Sometimes, it is more than we anticipate. This verse has one word that speaks volumes to the saints of God. The word is patiently. God isn’t in a hurry. He knows when everything fits for the upcoming miracle to happen.
Our part is to learn the lesson of patience. There are times when we need patience about being patient. This lesson didn’t happen in my younger days. I was all about doing things with my strength and intelligence. Sure, those two traits accomplished a lot. But, not for God’s glory.
When Moses raised his hands, the Red Sea divided, but that was not the time for Israel to march through. The wind had to blow; the seabed had to dry. Then, the Israelites could go through on dry land. To start sooner meant mud up to their elbows.
Patience is the best practice to experience the guiding hand of God!