As I watch the train slowly move on the track in front of me, I wonder if there is an end to it. Some people have shut their cars off and wait; I decide to follow suit thinking to myself that as soon as I shut it off, the end will come. I desire to have things perfectly timed for efficiency in use of time and resources. I have already planned out how this could work out the best where the train will get past and I will make it to my appointment. Then I see the train stop on the track and start to go backwards. So much for my plan.
God has a plan of salvation for the lost, and sometimes like watching the cars of a train slowly go by, we become impatient and want things to move quicker. We want to see some action. People for whom we have been praying for many years seem to still be in the same place regarding coming to Christ. Opportunities that seemed perfect for them to accept the gift of Jesus didn’t happen as we thought it would.
To hold on to our sanity and peace, we need to let go of trying to control God. He knows exactly what he is doing and has more patience than anyone to carefully work out his plan for those who are lost. He loves them so much, he is willing to wait. Do we love them that much?
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your patience with me. Forgive me when I want my way and not yours. I pray to see with your eyes today and follow your voice of patience. Amen
Faith Tip: Today when you are faced with something that makes you impatient, stop and think about what God is doing in the situation. Pray for insight.