Friday, July 4, 2008

Running Ahead of God

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1


Our family often enjoys taking walks together after dinner in the evenings. One particular evening a few months ago as we were walking, my children had run ahead of me and my husband. They were a few yards in front of us when a neighbors pit bulldog charged at them. The neighbor happened to be in their yard and were able to call the dog off without incident. When I got to my children I bent down looking them in the eyes and told them, "If you run too far ahead of me, I can’t protect you." As I said that to them I heard God whisper in my spirit, "The same is true for you."

Sometimes we want to see things happen in the flesh. We are surrounded by situations that we feel we have no power over and we want an end. We step in and try to force things open when sometimes we need to just wait on God. If we run too far ahead of Him, we take ourself out from under His covering. If we act without seeking Him we are running too far ahead and therefore forefeiting the protection He freely offers.

Over the past few months as my life has at times seemed to be raveling out of control there have been many instances where I wanted to take things into my own hands. I wanted answers. I wanted solutions. Most of the time though I have just had to wait.

Waiting is hard for me. After all patience has never been at the top of my list of virtues. But more times than not, the circumstances we’ve been in have insisted that we wait. Why is it so hard for us to wait? Perhaps it is because it means leaving parts of our lives that we feel we don’t have control over in the hands of strangers who really have no concern for us. But even in these situations God does have control. When we are seeking His will for every part of our life, He is is control of every part of our life. Sometimes it just requires waiting on Him. We are promised in Isaiah that"those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." And God has reminded me time and time again during this time to "trust in Him with all my heart, not leaning on my own understanding but to acknowledge Him in all of my ways and he will make my paths straight!"


Teach me, Lord, to wait.

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