Ever heard the song by Chicago Mass Choir called, “You Can’t Hurry God”?
The song says, "You just have to wait."
Plain and simple.
It's true and it's something I got to thinking about as the Hobbs children marveled over the table in our home.
“Ooh, it’s so shiny,” our daughter Kaiah said.
“It looks so pretty.”
The one I told you about the other day. Missed the initial post? Read it here.
Well, it’s all dry now, although the scent of polyurethane is still on it. The stench is lessening day-by-day.
Looking at that piece of furniture, I see it was worth the time it took to sand, coat—three times—and let it dry.We had to wait about four to six hours between coats. This means there were about 18 hours of waiting in total. That doesn’t take into account the time it took to actively work on the project.
Though Kenya and I could have used some other wood finish that would have dried faster, we know that polyurethane is the most durable finish, especially for something we’ll use a lot like that table.
All the scratches that were on it before are gone and the high gloss makes it look extra nice.
While the restoration process didn’t happen quickly, we know that our patience will pay off in the long run.
Often, in life, we don’t choose the “polyurethane” solution. Rather, we seek out something that will produce results more quickly.
We want what we want, when we want it.
But the quickest and easiest route is rarely the most effective.
Some folks want to shine, but don't want to endure the process of being refined. But it doesn't work that way, not when you're following God's leading and doing things His way.
You can't hurry God.
When you try, you create fleshly, temporary solutions. You put your own plan together that, after a while, comes unglued.
You see, by rushing a process, we may get the momentary thrill of self-gratification, but it will not last.
Here's what I want you to do now. Think of builders and consider something.
You can give me a master craftsmen with substandard materials and despite their abilities, what they build will not endure.
It may look beautiful for a season, but when the wear and tear of life takes its toll, the inferiority of the products used to erect the architectural work will cause it to give way.
Remember, the strength of any structure is only as enduring as the foundation upon, and the materials from which it is built.
Friend, God is not in the business of doing rush jobs just to gratify our addiction to immediacy. He doesn’t churn out blessings on command and “make all our dreams come true” just because we want Him to.
God loves and cares for us enough to take His time molding, preparing and positioning us to lay hold of our predestined purpose.
Not only does He know what we need, but He also is fully aware of when we need to get it—as well as when we don’t.
He builds us up so that we are fully equipped to walk into and receive all He has for us.
As the saying goes, “Haste makes waste.”
So let God take His time. After all, He’s going to do that anyway, so you and I may as well have a good attitude about it, right?
His ways, which are never like ours, are good for us, though they often feel bad and torturous to our flesh. The Lord's timetable, His plan for the unfolding of events in our lives, look very different from what we envision.
This is why it is necessary to yield and submit to His authority--the final authority on all things.
Friend, whatever is meant for you, God will release it when you're ready to receive it. Right now, He’s cultivating the character & discipline you need to handle all He has in store. Your time’s coming.
To help you remain patient, I’m stirring Psalm 27:14 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you are being encouraged to place your full confidence in God's plan and His providence to unfold it at the set time.
You are also being empowered to withstand the trials of life while waiting for the day when the Lord releases what He has stored up for you.
In the meantime, know that He will sustain you and keep you. Then, when you have reached the level of maturation necessary to walk into your new season, things will open up.
For now, accept that if you don't have it yet, you're not ready to receive it yet.
But in due time, you will be.
On this "Thoughtful Thursdays," please join me in praying for the following individuals on our intercessory prayer list.
While we know that there are some answers for which we have to wait, there are also seasons when we truly need a miraculous, right-now breakthrough. God is able! So we are believing God to move in the lives of His people according to His will.
Shall we join our faith together right now?
Let's do it.
A wife of 22 years in a domestic violence relationship since age 14, with the same person, who has now (2014) been diagnosed with PTSD from Marine Corp Service and bipolar, manic depressive, and is also a sex addict. What can be done to move forward in a healthy manner? No college education for me, unable to get hired, refusing to be homeless in order to leave...
Depression is like a cruel nightmare. A hell inside my head. No matter what I do I'll always be useless, not good enough, worthless & hopeless. It feels like an endless circle of guilt, worthlessness, pain, fear & weakness. I feel like there is no point in trying anymore. I don't want to exist. It's an endless circle of failure. I'm not really existing. I'm breathing, but that doesn't mean I'm alive because inside I'm dead. I just pretend I'm ok.
The only thing that might bring relief is the feeling of a cold blade against my wrists (which I've done),the tight grip of a gun in my hand, the swallowing of too many pills to count(I was rushed to the emergency room),the taste of alcohol, the taste of drugs.
People will try to take those things away from me, but my thoughts won't let them. They don't understand what it's like living with depression. It's my throat tightening up with every sob as I cry making it harder & harder to breathe.
It's hoping that every night I don't wake up, that maybe, just maybe the pain will finally stop. It's always feeling tired, even if I sleep for 10hrs. It's feeling so weak, every muscle in my body aches. Depression is all those things & so much more.
I know how horrible it is. It feels like it'll never end & I'm just waiting for that day to come that I will finally end it. And this is not even including my battle with bulimia. I never in my wildest dreams would've thought I would be in my 40's, a single mom of 2 grown boys, a grandmother of 3, and 2 failed marriages, dealing with this. I don't know what else to do but to ask for prayer.
As I read your prayer request, my heart broke. I could feel your pain seeping through every word. Thank you for your sharing your heart, your brokenness, with such openness and honesty.
It is a privilege for my prayer team and I to stand in faith for you.
Even though it may not feel like it, you have so much to live for. God’s plans for your life are good and they are not finished.
L. Davis wrote:
Please pray that I keep faith and love for the Lord!
I am currently dealing with a love lost and I am unsure of how to let go. There's a feeling I can't deny, that's always been there and never seems to fade that with God's work in our lives separately that he and I will be together at another time. I'm discouraged given what the situation looks like. I know I need to trust God, and know that he knows my heart and has the power to do all things. I fear holding onto to something that I'll never have but like I said the feeling is strong and undeniable in my heart. I pray for strength and clarification to help me get through and accept God's will in my life. Thank you.
I need a breakthrough even in this very moment. Struggling right now. I have a certain need that needs to be met ASAP. Just too hard and painful and can't go one more day. Father I am declaring and believing Your Word that You said You would supply all of my needs according to glory in riches in Christ Jesus. Thank You in advance for Your miracle for I am just hanging on by a thread.
My 5 year old daughter has ADHD and her school Aspire College Academy in Oakland, California has really given my sister and I a hard time as we advocate. My daughter’s teacher is very unprofessional and has treated the children wrong and when we report her nothing is done. Please pray with me that God softens the hearts of those who work with my daughter and my sister and I. I wish to work in peace with them so my daughter gets an awesome education. My daughter now has a 504 plan in place, we are in the middle of a functional behavior assessment, and a initial IEP meeting is scheduled for 10/22/14. Please pray that all goes well and my daughter is given the accommodations she needs. Thank you.
My girlfriend shared your devotion today with me. I am really stuck in my life, please pray that I don't lose hope.
I just recently got out of a domestic violence marriage. I was in this abusive marriage for 7yrs. I have a 17yr old daughter that witnessed & heard quite a few of these incidents. I've been beaten, fractured facial bones, pushed down a flight of stairs (broken knee) due to that. I lost my job & haven't worked in over a year. He's been gone for 2 1/2 months. I've been searching for jobs & no luck. He hadn't paid the rent in 3 months & it’s well over $3,000 now. My daughter is a senior in high school & I'm trying to make sure she stays focused. I have no income & will be homeless. I'm mentally & physically drained! I've been praying, crying & attending Church. In the midst of my storm I'm still thanking God. Thank you for interceding!!
Now let’s pray.
God, Your timing is so different from mine. Sometimes, I feel ready to receive the things I have been praying for and when they don’t come, disappointment washes over me. But today, I release discouragement, worry and frustration, and submit to Your will for my life. Thank You for loving me enough not to give me something I am not ready to handle. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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