God I wanted you to GIVE me patience, not TEACH me patience.
Does anyone else relate?
We want things from God. And He wants to give us things. But His delivery system is just so bizarre.
We want patience.
Instead, we get traffic. Or someone in a meeting that tells the long version of every story.
We want blessing.
Instead, we get an opportunity to help someone else out of a sticky situation or God tapping on our hearts to give something we don’t want to give. To which we promptly reply, “Get thee behind me Satan!”
We want great friendships.
Instead, God moves some people that we enjoy out of our lives and it seems that we have less in our lives than before.
God!!! Your delivery system, sir. It defies anything we are used to on the earth.
He doesn’t do like we do. He doesn’t see what we see. He doesn’t react like we react. And He doesn’t deliver like we would deliver. That’s how I would write Isaiah 55:8 if I was writing a Nicole version of the Bible.
Natural minds have trouble processing a supernatural God.
No comprendo. I don’t ‘get it’.
God gives us moments to strengthen our patience. Opportunities to sow towards receiving a blessing. He moves the ‘not best’ things out of our lives and relationships to make room for those ‘best’ relationships and scenarios.
I try to think of it like this. It’s hard to hand someone a gift when their hands are full of something else.
If I wanted to give you a diamond ring, but your hands were full off 20 cheap costume jewelry boxes – I would have to get you to put some of the costume jewelry down so I could hand you the good stuff.
When God gives us opportunities, blessings, relationships, gifts from heaven – the way they arrive might not make sense to us at first.
If we trust Him. If we take Him at His Word. If we believe Him. If we have faith in Him.
He takes the good and gives us the better. He shows us the way that looks obscure but leads to blessing. He reveals the promise to us somewhere we never saw it before. With God, it is never for less, it is always for more.
If you believe this is true today, can I get an amen?