While unpacking the contents of my shopping basket, I complimented the cashier on the bright pink she had woven into her braids. With a shy smile she thanked me. In silence we carried on with our “retail transaction” until she suddenly asked me: “My boyfriend is upset with me. What should I do?” And here I stand looking like a goldfish. A million things went through my mind at that moment, but the words just didn’t seem to come to my mouth. Apart from the few niceties we just exchanged, I didn'’t know this lady at all! I collected myself and asked: “Why is he upset with you?”
For many years I read and listened to others’ testimonies with great admiration, and kept on wondering when I will be able to tell a similar story about my life? When will my story be able to make a similar impact, and change others? Even the Biblical books fascinated me, and I thought how special it must be to be known as one of the Biblical writers?
But you see, unfortunately my lifestyle had no room for building up a story, and my choices caused havoc instead of peace in my life. The problem is, I didn’t realize it at that stage. I actually thought that I had the perfect life, and that my melancholic approach to my existence was normal (you know the “nobody is really happy, they just pretend” approach!).
Psalm 92:5 (Amplified) How great are Your doings, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep.
The past weekend we had our long awaited first rain for the summer in Pretoria, and everyone was equally thankful that
the dust can settle and the plants can begin a new life cycle. Whilst the clouds were gathering in the sky, I recalled a
casual conversation I had the other day, and I just realized all over again how abundant and incalculable God is, and how
carefully He plans everything.
The world we live in today is all about being “faster and better,” and sometimes we are in such a rush that we feel we are “waiting on God” to answer our prayers or prophetic word, and the answers don’t seem to come quick enough to our liking. But we need to realize answers could be instant, days, weeks or years, and we end up asking ourselves “why is God taking so long? This is urgent.” “Is God angry at me?” “Has God forgotten about me?” These type of questions lurk in the back of our minds and take over control and rob us of the experience of peace and joy and making us doubt everything. In honest truth, God wants us to experience the power and joy of receiving things – but the right things at the right time!
Waiting is not an easy thing to do and it is really tough, frustrating and challenging in so many ways. Maybe we should call this Divine Waiting. Whenever we pass the waiting time we come out with a much stronger faith, a deeper under understanding of God’s goodness, faithfulness and perfect timing.
If there is one task of being a vehicle owner I just don't like, is washing my car. I think I can make use of that time so much better, I just don't see the eternal value of it. But it's something I know I have to do, even if I don't think it worth my
time. So bucket with foamy car wash shampoo and orange fluffy car wash glove under the arm, I head to my dusty little
mode of transportation.