|Waiting for the Green Light--Google image|
I left my house on time for work praising God for His incredible timing. I was thanking Him for some answers to prayer wherein I had specifically asked for His perfect timing, and He had clearly come through for me. I was reminiscing, awed by how faithfully He had answered my prayers.
As I proceeded on my way, an overloaded dump truck pulled onto the two-lane highway in front of me. I came up behind it rather quickly due to the fact that it was moving as slow as a turtle. It barely made a bleep on my mind's radar screen; I was so engrossed praising God. When it dawned on me that this truck was not going to exceed 45 miles per hour, I looked for a chance to get around it, pass, and travel on my way, in my own good time. But alas, that opportunity never came. I felt tension rising. (Blame it on original sin and my fallen emotions!) I became impatient. The flow of praise stopped, and a monologue aimed at the rear of the truck took its place.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
I followed this lumbering truck for at least eight miles on the two lane highway on which I travel back and forth to school each day. As I sat behind it at the traffic light at the intersection nearest my destination, I realized the irony of the situation.
I had been praising God for His incredible timing (which was probably a bit silly since God is always on time), and I allowed my impatience with a slow moving truck to stop the praise. That praise was wonderful. I needed it. God desires my praise. God deserves my praise. Might He have been giving me a few extra minutes so I could praise Him a little longer on my way to work? And I had squandered an opportunity to rejoice.
When the light changed, the truck moved on, I turned left and just as quickly the impatience was gone. I thought of it with regret. With less than two miles to go, God had my attention. . . again . . . and I realized, I have quite a ways to go. And it will all be in God's good and perfect time.
Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing. James 1:4
Climbing the steps
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