Monday, February 10, 2014

Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work ~ Plus, the winner of last week's book give-away

Wait for the Green Light ~ courtesy of Google image
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

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 in awe of His faithfulness.  

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 on life's road.  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

Florida sunrise ~ courtesy of Google image
Thank you so much for visiting Write Moments with God. I hope you enjoyed this meditation I shared with you once before.

I'd also like to thank all of you for visiting and commenting last week when Jane Herlong Jenkins was my guest.  The winner of the signed copy of her book, Bury Me with My Pearls, is Diana Montgomery.
Congratulations Diana. I'm happy for you.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me.

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