Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A Lesson in Being Patient

Being Patient...such a hard thing to do (no matter what your age). I was reminded this morning of having a "refresher course" in this area not too many years ago. ha ha! ...And I have a feeling that there will be many more tests to come now that I have my lil' man around.

I subscribe to an e-mail devotional called "The Christian Working Woman". I've gained a lot of knowledge from these in the past and today was no different. The title of today's article was "Work Principles from King David - Part 1" and today was telling about Principle #3: Being Patient in the Waiting Room. It told about how Davis was anointed to be the king by Samuel. In God's sight he was king as soon as he was anointed, but he had to wait for God's timing before he actually took the throne...which turned out to be 15 YEARS!! I never knew that!! Can you imagine..."hey, you're going to be the next king, but it won't be effective until about 15 years from now".

From his years of waiting, David gave us some beautiful words of encouragement: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7

I've certainly done my share of fretting when things didn't happen in my life exactly when and how I thought they should. I had very little patience and honestly thought that God just didn't no what He was doing...that He didn't have it all under control. That was a hard lesson to learn. But I'm so glad that I did!! Not only does He have the things that we worry about under control, but he has the plan for our WHOLE LIVES all laid out...before we're even born. Now that's ORGANIZATION!!! :D It felt so good when I finally realized that there was no need for me to fret or worry over things that were out of my control. To finally understand that God had it all planned out and He knew EXACTLY what was going on. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

So, when your patience is running low and you think God is just moving too slowly, remember David. He waited 15 years for the job God promised him, and he waited patiently.

He wrote in Psalm 40: "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand."

The same God who worked on David’s behalf during that long waiting period is the God who will work on your behalf. Trust Him–He is a trustworthy God!

(Some of the words above are taken directly from "The Christian Working Woman" daily devotional.) KNOW I can't close out a post without sharing a picture of my beautiful son!! This is a picture of Korben on a very chilly morning as we were getting ready to leave our house. :D

These two are of him playing in his Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. He LOVES it!! And we've only had it 2 weeks and have already had to raise it up to the next level because he's getting so long/tall!!! He gets that from his Poppa!!


Dana Altman said...

Oh, how true... Patience is TRULY a virtue, but sometimes it's sooo hard!! :) (espcially w/little ones!!)
Love yall!!

Korben is such a CUTIE!

Anonymous said...

He is soooo cute & the rainforest too COOL! I will have to have one of those.

Korben Russell

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