Posts Tagged ‘waiting’

Waiting could be God's way of teaching you to be patient in life!!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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I would like to share with you one of my very recent and interesting experiences. What happens when you release your faith for a situation? I was at the passport office for renewal of my passport. I waited for an hour outside because of my timing. Next, when finally I got inside, in spite of appointment time given, there was a long queue. And my queue was the longest, sounds familiar? Okay, I looked ahead and saw other queues, other queues seemed to be not only shorter, but were also moving faster. There was a guy with his children and wife, behind me. The moment he saw the queue, he started complaining and shouting about the poor handling of why he and his family had to stand in a queue in spite of an appointment. Sounds familiar again? Okay, was the situation unreasonable? Yes! Was the attitude adopted by that guy reasonable, No! I will tell you why-I was also in the same queue I remembered what I had heard in one of the conferences, when in a situation, instead of complaining start thanking God for His favors. I started repeating-God because I am extremely dear to you, thank You for Your favor. And I kept repeating and looking for how God is going to show me His favor, here and now? Praise God!! Just then I got a phone call from my husband who was with my daughter getting her passport documents done on some other floor, asking me to come upstairs because the counter clerk asked my husband to call me, and lo! There was no waiting, I got my token instantly. Wow! I remembered what I heard one speaker say in one of the conferences- You complain, you remain, you praise and you’ll be raised.

Before I left my place in the queue, I asked this guy if his complaining made a difference, he said, no. Then I asked did it shorten his wait? He answered, no. So I told him – Assess in life, if you can do something about the situation do it, otherwise, just be patient because that’s what God wants us to be. He said but it’s unreasonable, I answered many things in life seem unreasonable but they have God’s purpose behind them.

Through this I want to urge you today, where ever God has put you it’s for a purpose. Even though you don’t like it or understand it, don’t complain. Instead praise Him and ask Him what you should do in this situation. God loves you and has your best interest in His heart.

Are you running fast? Slow down!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Almost every evening nowadays, I take my daughter Aanya to the near-by park and make her run with me. To keep her motivated for the running exercise, I purposefully run slow so that she can always “win” and “come first”. A few days ago, something very interesting happened. After a few rounds of her winning the race, I told her that I never came first. Hearing this she said to me, ‘Papa, since you want to come first, so I’ll run slow.’ And indeed she did that! I came and told Shalini about this. On hearing this, Shalini laughed and laughed. At that very time it inspired me to think that we all are like so. In every situation, we want to come first – rather than slow down to wait for God, our Father, to come first. When we cannot see God working behind the scenes for us, we think either He is too slow or we do not know what He might be doing. So we start making our own permutations and fasten ahead thinking we can do a better job than God.

Well, God is the Lord, the Almighty. Through Him everything in this world comes forth and goes back. How can we underestimate His capability to run slower than us? As I write, I am remembering the lines of a worship song of Don Moen that say– ‘God, forgive me for I’ve made you small in my eyes.’ When we don’t trust God, do not wait upon Him, do not trust Him and rather doubt Him, we actually make Him small in our eyes and that is when we start to mess up our lives. It is difficult, I agree, to trust God and be patient, but that is exactly what we ought to do and practice and believe that He is working behind the scenes for us to make us win. For this the easiest way to is to slow down and say – ‘God, I give this situation to you. Make me do what you want me to do about this. Take it from me.’ Simple! That’s how you can practice running slow to wait on God and win the race of life! God Bless – Vinay Mehta