Like my mum I’m a bit stubborn- I like to do things myself, not necessarily because I think I can do it well but just because I want it done there and then, rather than waiting. Over the Easter holidays I ventured solo into the world of flat pack furniture. We now have a lovely TV display unit and I now have a big blister on my thumb and a burst blister on the palm of my hand! Actually my hand was so sore that Ramos had to finish putting the doors on for me. Every time I go to pick up a pen my blister reminds me of my stubbornness or needing to get things done now.
As my thumb throbs and I feel sorry for myself I ask myself the question how many times have a been stubborn about refusing to wait for God, sought out a solution for the problems myself and in the process ending up sucking my thumb? Why is waiting so hard? I love how the Message version describes the outcome of impatience and hastiness.
Proverbs 21:5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. (Message)
As we wait to see what our future holds I have been rattling my brains for solutions, to try and force the situation. But instead I need to wait for the One who is more able than I am. If I will wait for Him who has the power I will not end up with a half done job and in pain.
Micah 7:7-8 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Saviour; my God will hear me. 8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.
So today my thumb reminds me to wait, even if it is waiting in the darkness, for He will come.