❝We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.❞ Romans 8:28
Reflection by Pam Leonard
Patience is not my strong suit. Waiting is hard for me. When facing a stressful or frightening situation, I have the need to do . . . something . . . and do it right this minute. But time and again, God has shown me that I must learn to wait on his goodness. I must learn to be still, to watch and to listen. God does not work on my schedule. He doesn’t always come through in the manner I expect, but he is at work. I see God’s plans for me in God’s good time.
What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
O tarry and await the LORD’S pleasure;
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart;
wait patiently for the LORD.
These verses from Psalm 27 offer me the assurance of seeing God’s goodness, not just in the eternal sense, but today “in the land of the living.” Waiting for the Lord, not running ahead in impatience or anxiety, is trusting him. Realizing that God sees and loves each of us—individually—gives me strength, courage and hope. When I take a moment and look back, I see how God has put the jigsaw puzzle-like pieces of my life together. God’s hand is upon us all–guiding, nudging, surprising, restraining, protecting, closing one door and opening another. All in all, just loving us.
Heavenly Father, I don’t like waiting. It is so hard, but I don’t want to run ahead of you in impatience or fear. Help me to wait and trust, to anticipate your guidance, to be still and know that you are God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.