“I just can’t wait until…”
How often do we find ourselves saying this about a number of things in our lives?
“I just can’t wait until the weekend.”
“I just can’t wait until I earn more money.”
“I just can’t wait until I get married.”
The list goes on.
Or how about this one?
“If I can just make it to…then I’ll be happy/successful/fulfilled.”
You fill in the blank.
We find ourselves believing that if we can simply move past whatever place we’re in, and onto some place we conceive to be far better, than we will find happiness. But that is not true happiness at all.The weight of a hurried life is a heavy burden to bear, my friends. And, if I may suggest, it is an unfulfilling way to live.
If we’re constantly in a rush to make it to the next best thing, we will miss the lessons and rich moments to be experienced in the often trivial or challenging times that are presently before us.
When our eyes are too fixed on what lies ahead, we may not catch God’s steadfast love beautifully on display right before us.
When our minds are too concerned with hurrying through difficulties, we miss out on the opportunity to exercise our trust in the One who is sovereign.
And when our hearts are too discontent with the place we’re in, we bypass the joy found in offering praises of thankfulness, even when circumstances tempt us to do otherwise.
I believe Brother Lawrence puts it best in The Practice of the Presence of God.
“The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable. It is the way we look at them – through faith or unbelief – that makes them seem so. We must be convinced that our Father is full of love for us and that He only permits trials to come our way for our own good.”
The situation itself may not change. The trials we face may still be wearisome. The tedious hours of work ahead of us may still be taxing. But, when we shift our mind away from rushing through it, and redirect our gaze toward our Maker, we will find joy. True joy that is not dependent upon circumstances.
When we practice being still in God’s presence regardless of where we are, we find the peace of an unhurried mind. One that is no longer so desperate to move past what is at hand, but gratefully embraces it, with all its lessons, joys, and graces.
Friends, I invite you to be still before the Lord.
Moving at His pace.
Finding joy in the unrushed act of waiting.
“Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act. Don’t fret and worry….those who trust in the Lord shall be given every blessing.” Psalm 37:7&9 (TLB)
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (ESV)