Well, folks this is a big week in my life. I’m finally meeting with my surgeon to discuss and schedule the implant of my spinal cord stimulator. I feel like I’ve been waiting in the doctor’s office sick as a dog for nearly 2 years. Honestly, I can’t even remember what it feels like to get out of the bed with ease and walk through the day without great discomfort. But, hopefully better days are ahead based on the recent results I experienced from my trial of this device.
While waiting for what has seemed like forever God has revealed so much. As the former USC running back Marcus Lattimore once said, “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” Honestly, I’ve seen the good, bad, and the ugly of myself during this process. I’ve learned that before I really had not idea what it meant to be patient. I’ve learned that telling someone to trust God through the tough stuff is much easier said than done. I’ve learned that with God all things are possible, but walking by faith through the Hell is always a step by step process.
Now, I still don’t like the word wait. But, I’ve come to understand that waiting is often critical to the development of our faith. Waiting teaches us to fully rely on a never changing God instead of our ever changing circumstance. Waiting is not something that should be feared because during that time God is doing some of His greatest work. Our lives may feel like they are at a stand still. But, during this time God is working on us, in us, through us, despite us, and around us.
I’ve definitely concluded that waiting on God puts our lives back in order. You see, before we may have thought we were in control and called all the shots. Before we had the greater tendency to run ahead of God and think at times we didn’t need God. Waiting most often keeps us on our knees as we feel totally dependent upon what only God can provide. I know for me that waiting has taken a load off of my shoulders. I no longer snap my fingers and just expect God to do things instantly. I know deep in my heart that God makes all things beautiful in His time. And, God does work all things together for my good and His glory. I’m absolutely certain God will work the same way in your life as you learn to wait before Him.
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
“For we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28