Friday, July 17, 2009

Being Impatient

I know I'm not alone when I say this, but I'm a busy person. I operate daily by the clock. Even my job has a director in my ear counting me down to the second. I've got 3 minutes every night to tell the public everything they need to know about the weather for the next 7 days. The show goes on with or without me, so being tardy isn't an option. I can fit 10,000 things in my day and wonder why everybody else can't do the same thing. After all, if I can do it with my commitments, surely everyone else can, right? My schedule is packed and I don't have time to waste. I have a problem.

One night this week as my husband and I were giving the children their baths, I was rushing around the house bathing Will with one hand and folding towels with the other. One down, one to go. Quick, let's get him out of the tub and throw Gracie in. Time's a wasting! While Gracie was bathing, I unloaded dishes from the dishwasher and walked into my bathroom only find my husband on the floor with his head leaning on the side of the tub, watching Lilly Faith play in the bath water, both of them giggling. In my mind I was thinking, "Why are you just sitting there? Grab that kid out of the water! I'm sure she's clean now!" I looked at him and asked what he was doing. "Oh, just watching her have fun in the tub. You never know how much fun bath water can be til you watch a little one," he said with a smile. Immediately, the Holy Spirit convicted me. "You have a problem with patience. You're too busy trying to set a world's record at bathing your kids and you're missing some sweet moments."

It seems as if you and I are always waiting on God to answer, waiting on Him to move on our behalf or to work something out. Psalm 70:1 says, "Haste, O God, to save me. O Lord, come quickly to help me." As you can see, even David had a problem with patience. So, is it okay to ask God to hurry?

God wants us to be patient and accept His timing, but he understands and is pleased when we call to Him for help. Our need for God to help us and to help us right now demonstrates our vulnerability and God's strength. 2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness."

And when it comes to my life, God doesn't operate on "Barbie Central Time". For the One who created time knows how to operate it. And that's time no man-made watch can understand.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Barbie! Needed to hear about patience at this point and time in my life! My husband and I have been married for 4 years and have been trying to have a baby for almost a year now. God has not seen fit to provide us with a child yet. It's very easy to get discouraged and sometimes even angry when everytime you look up, someone around you is always popping up pregnant! Sometimes I catch myself letting my flesh get the best of me and wanting what I want on MY time and not a minute later. I have to remember that God is faithful and He is ALWAYS on time! I have to keep depending on Him and believe Him!

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

~ Proverbs 16:3

Allison said...

Oh wow. HOW I needed this today.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

WOW, you were speaking to me today. I have been praying about my job and the special needs of my child. Some things will have to change in order for us to do what we need for our child. I'm still praying and feeling that my timeline is running out; I've got to remember that God's timeline is what counts.

Anonymous said...

A friend who is like a sister used to say there is a difference between childish and childlike. Then she would go on to explain that you can be childlike without being childish. She used to firmly believe and still does live the belief that you won't get to heaven unless you're like the littlest of these. Mt. 18:10

Samantha said...

I learned this same lesson almost a year ago... still have not perfect it though! God told me "not to waste right now preparing for tomorrow". We are not promised tomorrow and memories made in the small, mundane things in life are often the ones most worth our time.

See the Trees and The FOREST said...

Barbie,
With only a senior in high school remaining in the house, the memories are of when I had all three girls in the tub washing their hair and making all sorts of designs from their beautiful long hair. As a proud dad, it is extra special that each of THEM remember the same special times. At the time it would have seemed insignificant, but time has a way of separating the really special times. Seize the time with the young ones!!
My wife took a picture with you when you were in Forest. She said she told you that I was a sincere fan of yours, she gives me a hard time about that, but I can take it!!

Christena said...

Wonderful ,i love these types of story i like this very much ...............


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