Impatience Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Life, Love, Relationships, Religion
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Wait. That’s not the right saying, but it did get your attention. And besides that, I’m not in denial. I am however impatient.

We live in a society where we want things yesterday. Did you know that back in the olden days it used to take 3 weeks for a letter to arrive? Now we start getting irritated if our texts or emails go unresponded to for longer than 3 minutes. Hungry? We start getting annoyed when we’re at a restaurant and it takes longer than 20 minutes for our food to come up. Forget the fact that during World War II people stood in food ration lines for hours on end just to buy sugar.

We want things quickly and when that doesn’t happen, we become severely impatient, which can lead to anger and frustration—all of which are things we shouldn’t let ourselves succumb to. Those three emotions aren’t going to make an email come through any faster, or make the car you’re following who is going 10 miles below the speed limit, go any faster.

So here’s a newsflash for you guys. Things don’t happen on our time—and regardless of whose time you think they happen on, I think we can all agree that more oftentimes than not—when we feel like it’s time for something to happen, it usually doesn’t pan out that way.

I don’t believe that my timing is my own and I’m in the boat that thinks things happen on God’s time. He knows better than I do when the time is right for certain things to happen. I looked for a new job for two YEARS before I ended up where I am now—and I have no doubt in mind he played a hand in that.

I went through failed relationship after failed relationship, bruised heart after bruised heart, but all of that happened so that I could end up where I am now. And that’s in an extremely faith-centered relationship with someone I love very much.

Every girl, when they’re younger, plots out the important things they want to do and what age they want to do them by. When I was younger, I wanted to be married by 23 at the latest. I was going to have 4 kids and I was going to have them all by the time I was 30. Pretty ambitious, huh? I think back to that and I have to laugh a little bit, because here I am, 29 years old with 0 husbands and 0 children.

But you know what I have to go back to, simply so I can stay sane? The timing isn’t right. I may think it’s right, but the big guy for whatever reason doesn’t agree—and he knows better than I do.

He’s put me through some stuff, he’s tested my faith—but I’ve never come out of it any worse for the wear. Somehow, somewhere along the way, all that I’ve gone through has actually made me better. A lot of people think that if they believe in God, then tough stuff shouldn’t happen. It should be all butterflies and rainbows if you believe in a God that saves. Wrong-o buck-o.

God gives us the hard stuff so that we’ll depend on him. All he wants is for us to let Him carry our burden, which He will if we’d just let him. Like this impatience thing I’ve got going on. Every single day, I ask Him to help me—and that is exactly what He wants me to do. He’s more than willing to help—but you have to be courageous enough to ask Him. And if you live in fear of asking others for help, you need to get over it—because asking for help ain’t just a river in Egypt either.

  1. Rich Kenney says:

    We’ll always be tested. Stay the course and keep believing. Like this post.

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