Convicted. Period. This week’s Women of Faith Talk Back asks an engaging question:
Have you experienced a delay—and later learned it saved you from something worse than a wait?
I can’t say that I’ve learned of a delay that saved me from something worse than a wait, but I can say I was convicted over Patsy Clairmont’s word in the devotional:
What looked like sheer inconvenience and man-made barriers actually had been orchestrated by the hand of God….I remind myself of that when a flight is canceled, a mistake is made, an order is lost, a doctor’s report is delayed, or a request is misunderstood. We don’t know, but God might be protecting us with these delays. They may be God’s way of helping us realize our need for trust, patience, adaptability, and relinquishment.
Friday was a strange day for me. What seemed to be a simple agenda turned into a very long wait in the doctor’s office. I wasn’t happy about it and unfortunately, I displayed my unhappiness. Not that I wasn’t justified in my frustration. Oh, I was. But as my pastor said this morning: “You are the only Bible some people will ever read.” And my facial expressions and truthful, yet harsh words to the doctor’s office staff, didn’t exactly read as the Bible.
So as the Holy Spirit convicted me over my attitude in the doctor’s office, I started a new day yesterday in the Anne of Green Gables way. Fresh with no mistakes.( Yet. 🙂 ) And I’m thankful that:
Lamentations 3:22, 23
Through the Lord’s mercies, we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.
Anyone else have waiting as their forte?
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