If you are honest, then you can admit things like I can, that is, sometimes if I am really honest, I have to admit that I have a hard time waiting. I am not saying that I am an impatient man (I have 3 kids under 10 - God has given me patience). What I mean is that sometimes we have the outcome that we have in mind and not the outcome that God has in store for us. Sometimes along that path of waiting, we find ourselves in trials and tribulations and for others we find ourselves in sin. In some cases, it can be a combination of both those situations. Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Do you remember the restaurants that they used to have around the Midwest called "Jack in the box"? Sometimes I feel like those of us called Christians (more so who are Christ-Followers) would like to have a "God in the Box", that is, at our disposal not His. I think a lot of times I find myself trying to take control of situations in my life that God already had (has and will forever handle) if I would just let go and let God. I can personally tell you from some very stressful situations that I have caused more pain and frustration in my life by not waiting on the Lord and as a result of my inability of not waiting on the Lord, I have to face those consequences that I didn't need to face had I waited for God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." That Scripture is pretty clear and simple when you think about it. Do we trust God in everything in our lives? Really? Does He have control over our finances? Does he get our first fruits (tithing)? When we sin, are we hard hearted and stiffed necked people or do we repent and ask for His forgiveness? How do we overcome issues at work? At Home? With our children? With our parents? Do we let go and let God?
Wherever we are at in our walks it is never to let to start. The first place that I recommend that we begin in in His Word (read it every day - no excuses) and by prayer and petition and in small groups (true biblical accountability) and preaching and teaching from our leaders and also with community. The two pictures above are pictures that I really like because they are real pictures of God's faithfulness in our lives. One of these two men goes to our church and is in our Men of Faith (Men's Bible Study) and the other gets it - where it all comes from and from whom all blessing flow.
The tattoo work on the left is a great story. I am not going to tell you whether this man has come to know Christ as his personal savior or not (that is between him and God). But what I can tell you is that the more that I get to know this man, the more that I am convinced that God calls us! That God has a plan for each and everyone of us. And that if we are truly to be disciples of Jesus then we have to let go and let God.