So many times in past situations I caught glimpses of promises on the horizon and I in turn did everything in MY power to make it happen…NOW. I was a master manipulator of time, resources, and people, and a very impatient one at that. Without fail, every single time, someone would get hurt in my unwillingness to go through the process.
There absolutely has to be opposition before opportunity (thank you Susan Brogan) and I always went against the grain, never doing what I was called to do, which was to wait…patiently. There is that word again. “Patient. Patient. Patient. Just do what I have asked you to do RIGHT NOW Julie and be PATIENT, even if it doesn’t make sense.”
Do you remember, in Genesis, what happened between the petty jealousy of Sarai and Hagar? (Refer to Genesis 16:1-10). Sarai (later Sarah) jumped ahead of her promise and people were truly hurt in the process. The blame game instinctively ensued because, HEY, didn’t Adam and Eve start that crazy train rolling? Hagar then had the first of TWO desert wilderness experiences. Her first instinct was to run when the heat came on. I’m sure she didn’t fully enjoy being given over to the husband of a woman she loved and looked up to and served everyday. Wouldn’t you be upset, being prostituted out for someone else’s selfish gain? Sarai proceeded to take matters into her own hands, interfered with God’s plan, then refused to admit her error. And Hagar, I’m pretty sure, didn’t like to be told to go back the way she came and have her own time of waiting in submission.
Hosea 2:14-15 (NIV) – “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. 15 There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a valley of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.”
I’m not going to lie. I completely see the big picture here and I am taking heed to the warning placed before me. I can so easily relate to both women in their struggle to find inner peace. I need to work on MY attitude while in the waiting, trust that God knows best and His timing alone is impeccable, remember His promises when the temptation to flee is so great, and when the enemy comes a knocking, to rely solely on the voice of God to lead me to the proper destination. He always provides a way out and the process is just that…a way to get to the intended destiny God has for us.
You can read Hosea 1-5 about Hosea’s wayward wife and the prophecy against Israel at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Hosea
To further your reading, consider this from:
Joshua 1:9 (NIV) – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Even when we are walking completely blind, we can rest assured that God has been this way before, or He would never lead us down the path, regardless of how strange it looks. BE STRONG!