Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
It doesn’t take long to discover that seriously pursuing the life of faith and its Author, Jesus Christ, is not for sissies. God seems to delight in stretching us – far beyond what we think is comfortable. You don’t have to consider yourself a spiritual giant to get stretched. All it takes is determination to live as Jesus teaches us.
In my lifetime I have experienced the stretching of family crises, serious health issues, financial scarcity, and just about everything that everyone alive goes through. But sometimes waiting for little things can push me to the tipping point.
Take my summer of home repairs, for instance. After a coupling in a bathroom broke and flooded much of my house, I waited – for the insurance process (thank you, Lord), movers (ALL the furniture had to be removed), and repairs. While I waited, I added a request for patience and every good spiritual fruit God can give so that my constant companions (the workmen) would see Jesus.
During the wait time, my faithful refrigerator decided to die after only twenty-seven years. And then the dishwasher died at seventeen years. Termites chewed through a front porch post holding up the balcony, and the exterminators disappeared. Lord, I really need patience. The upholsterer who was making cushions lost my fabric. My phone died, and that cup of hot tea spilled all over my laptop. Then the contractor came in with his proposal for additional repairs needed in the kitchen. I almost cried.
In the night as I lay in bed talking to the Lord, my conversation took on an edge that let me know I was being tempted to worry (hysteria?). I’ve already learned that’s totally counterproductive. I asked the Lord to help me be still and then I “heard,” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5, 6). I relinquished those cares and waited to see what he would do.
Within the next few weeks I got a new (improved) phone, repaired the laptop, forgave the exterminator, replaced the post, and ordered new appliances—with the funds that just happened to come in. Rather than stress about the contractor’s proposal that was way over budget, I waited to see how God would lead.
Someone recommended this painter; then someone suggested I try that tile man; and someone else said he had a great cabinet maker for the ‘fridge and dishwasher front panels. As I’ve waited, these everyday stressors are being addressed by a good Father who understands that little things can cause great angst and is sending the help I need, one day and one person at a time.
The work in my kitchen isn’t complete yet, but the work in my spirit astonishes me. I’m still very much a work in progress, but I am finding that trusting, acknowledging, and listening is so much better than stressing. And I am meeting some really lovely people as I wait.
Father, you’ve done it again. You’ve appeared in the middle of my frustrating circumstances, and you’re doing something really good. What you’ve done inside me has become so much more valuable that what I see in my house. Thank you for allowing these annoying circumstances to be such an enrichment. AMEN.