DayBreaks for 8/05/14 – Allowing Your Soul to Grow Up
Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns.
From the DayBreaks archive, 8/03/2004:
We are a go-fast generation. Nothing is ever fast enough. It wasn’t that long ago that we relied on “snail mail” (see how we’ve even attached the connotation of slowness to the postal service – which is now faster than ever) instead of email. But even with email, haven’t you been frustrated when you know someone sent you a note and you are WAITING for it to come through? It isn’t fast enough!!!! We want our food fast. We want our shopping experience to be fast. Our retirement or vacation can’t come fast enough. We rush, rush, rush and get behinder and behinder and behinder! We’re so tired from rushing everywhere in an effort to just try to stay even with everything that demands our attention that we are too tired to get up in time and so we have to rush to make up for that extra wink of sleep each morning. So begins another day on life’s treadmill.
We don’t like to wait. Whether it is for a meal or for character change in ourselves or others. Sue Monk Kidd (who describes herself as a “quickaholic”), spoke with a monk about her penchant to always be doing something, to never be waiting. Here’s what the wise monk told her: “When you are waiting you are not doing nothing. You’re doing something. You’re allowing your soul to grow up. If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.”
There is perhaps nothing as trying to our patience as waiting upon God. Sometimes it seems that we think we have to defend God’s honor. Psalm 46:10 (NIV) seems to put an end to that concept: Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Rather than thinking that we have to defend God, He reminds us that our job is to be still and rest in that one fact: He WILL be exalted – with our without us. He doesn’t need our puny muscles to bring glory to Himself. He can just create more stars that sing His glory. He will be exalted in the earth!
At other times, I think we may have trouble waiting because we’re afraid we’ll miss out on something – that the BBQ at the wedding feast will run out before we get to the table, or that if we don’t get what we want NOW, perhaps someone else will snatch it out from under our noses. Psalm 37:7 (NLT) seems to me to lay waste to this last concern: Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. We don’t need to be afraid of the evil that people may plan, or purpose, towards us. It isn’t up to us to squelch their evil schemes. David says we should be still in God’s Presence and wait for HIM to act. For us to act is futile and useless. For God to act is Divine!
Are you too busy? Can’t wait another minute? Let your soul grow up as you wait on Him.
Copyright by 2014 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: God, help us to be patience in our growing and our listening! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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