They say patience is a virtue and God is working on this with me. We live in a society of now; everyone wants everything right now. But as I walk in my relationship with God, submitting myself to Him, I am learning to be patient. I realized that being in a hurry all of the time we are more apt to miss the mark and the wonderful opportunities that God is wanting to bless us with. As a teenager I just wanted to date, fall in love, get grown, get married and live happily ever after. My rush and impatience (not waiting on God but running from Him) led me down a dark and lonely road!
***James 1:4 (KJV) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Monday as I was laying on the beach I just happened to look up and see the keep off Dunes $500 fine sign. God let me know that this is a warning sign as it is red and white. He also reminded me that His words are written in red and that just like that sign if we fail to obey there is a fine to pay. His Word (Holy Bible) contains warnings, guidance and information but it is up to us to choose for we are given free will.
Spring break is upon us and what was to be a relaxing day at the beach on Monday started out with what seemed like everything going wrong, only to see that it was part of Gods plan. Samantha and I left home later than planned, ran a couple of errands and then we hit road construction in several different places. In one place we had to wait what seemed like forever and as bad as I hate to admit it, I could feel my patience wearing thin. Once they finally let us drive, I could hear the tar debris hitting Samantha’s car as we drove. I knew that it had most likely put blemishes on the car. However before we had reached this particular location; we had already gone through two places where there was rocky gravel and potholes. I was hoping that we were through with all of the road construction. But as I drove God started revealing to me why we have to go through the things that we do sometimes.
Continuing to drive we ran into more construction where D.O.T. was working and I was beginning to think we were never going to make it to the beach. However this time we didn’t have to wait very long. And it was at this point that God really started speaking to me. He let me know that when we have roadblocks or setbacks in our life that’s when he’s doing construction on us. And as I sat in traffic with my patience wearing thin; God was working on me. As I felt that irritation arise I immediately asked Him to forgive me and He reminded me that I must be patient and that this set back was for my own protection.
Thinking about what God had said; I then thought about how the car had been blemished from the tar but it will still get me to where I want to go. Then I thought about how my life has been and how sometimes I am not sure if I can really be used to further God’s Kingdom. But He reminded me that even with blemishes; for example my impatience, I can still keep moving forward as I had repented of that deed. It doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside or where we came from; it’s our heart that matters. We just have to submit ourselves to Him and be obedient. Just like all of the road signs that are put out for construction, speed limit, yield, etc. we have a road map (The Bible) and it is filled with many different signs – information, warnings, regulatory and guidance.
Road construction signs are everywhere when D.O.T. or the cable company are out working. As inconvenient as it may seem even when we are stuck in traffic, God can use these times to speak to us, to mold us and prepare us for what is to come. God used something as simple as road construction traffic to let me see that He is working on me, protecting me by changing me from the inside out to prepare me for the future.
When we feel like we are reaching a dead-end or perhaps feel that Satan is throwing something our way it’s easy to blame it on satan and give him the credit. But just perhaps it is God testing us to help us grow; to see where we are and to see where we need to be. God let me know that even though I have bumps, bruises and blemishes along the way he’s been molding me into the woman of God that he created me to be.
***Hebrews 12:6 (NIV)because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.
***Proverbs 3:12 (NIV)because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Regardless of what we face; we must remember to continue praising God through the storms. It’s through those storms that he is strengthening us to get us where we need to be in our walk. Learning by trials and tribulation we see our strengths and weaknesses thus knowing what needs work. None of us are perfect and we won’t be until we reach Heaven. In the meantime the Word of God (Holy Bible) is the road map to our eternal home; although there is only one way to reach Heaven and that is through Jesus with the completed work upon the cross.
***James 1:12 (NIV)Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
The sign posted on the beach lets us know that there is a fine to pay for not obeying the law. And so do all the other signs along the way such as road construction ahead, one lane ahead, men working, etc.. As followers of Christ we are ongoing construction sites and we must be patient as God is constructing us. It’s a learning process…it takes us a while sometimes and he uses different means to teach us. So next time you are stuck in traffic or get delayed just remember to be patient and let God protect and prepare you for your destiny. Don’t be in such a rush that you end up on a dark and lonely road; thus paying for it in the end.
***Isaiah 30:18 (ESV) Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of Justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
May the blessings of God continue to pour out upon you and your house!
To God be all the glory, honor and praise!