I heard this song this week and couldn’t help but think how right she is; we want things “automatic”. Our technology must be the fastest, the latest, and the greatest. We want to be thin and fit, but we want to eat what we want and find a magic pill or potion to make the weight come off. We have become an instant and impatient society looking for shortcuts to the things we want the most. We are actually called to wait patiently on Gods perfect timing. This is especially true with relationships. Today we get married fast and get divorced even faster. Many of us repeat that process a time or two. I know I was guilty! When I met Richard he took things very slowly. He let me know quickly that he was only dating Gods way. I would love to say that this made me feel respected and so happy to have found such an amazing Godly man. It did in some ways and then impatience and doubt set in. In a hurried world even many of my friends would say “your just friends”, “he is just stringing you along”, “how long are you going to wait?” It was tough to listen to the loud voices of the world.
One day about 4 or 5 months into dating I was whining to a girlfriend about him not committing to our relationship and what she said to me hit me hard; “what I hear is pride” she said. “What?” I thought, “How can you say that?” She went on to say “You want what you want when you want it and you don’t even know how God is working on him.” Holy cow, she was so right! I was not having any regard for what God was doing behind the scenes. We both had a lot of baggage to work through and a solid foundation to build. Like me, most of us don’t want to take the time to be patient, trust the process, and wait for Gods perfect timing.
I now have the benefit of being on the other side (4 years later). I would not trade the time we spent building our relationship. It was not always easy but nothing worth having comes without work and sacrifice. What I know now is that because of the foundation we laid, we have built strong communication to get us through the tough times. God will redeem your time. On our wedding day everything was new. I wasn’t thinking about the wait, I was only looking forward. God has His very best for us! Surrender to Him and allow Him to write a story for you greater than anything you can dream of.
“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Eph 3:20