“For I know the plans I have for you…” says the Lord…Jeremiah 29:11.
This is the very first Bible verse I’ve memorized when I was baptized as a Christian. And to tell you the truth, THAT first part of the verse was the only part of it that I was able to memorize at first. I really couldn’t make it till the end of the verse in my first trial of memorizing. Yeah, my memory’s that bad! 🙂
This is the reason why it’s what got stucked in my mind since then. I must admit I forgot that for awhile..but I turned the pages of my Bible back to that verse and reminisced what this verse used to be in my life.
We wake up every morning looking forward to something special. Hoping that..this one wish or prayer’s coming true today. YOu’ll be receiving that little gift you’ve been asking from Him for years. You’ll get to where you’ve always wanted to be your whole life. And then you’ll be disappointed every night before you go back to bed because you know that you’ll be praying and wishing for it again…just like the other hundred nights you’ve had. Frustration seems to be a part of patiently waiting. But the question is…are you really patiently waiting…or are you JUST waiting?
God did not give us more than one day for nothing. If He’ll be giving everything we desire a second after we asked for it, we’ll never know the value of anything He’ll give us. I think that’s the sweet thing about waiting. It gives you suspense and thrill in wondering…”what’s really in it for me?” The thing is that people are so used to getting everything we want depending on the amount of effort we exert. We get to where we want to be depending on how fast we move towards it. But if we only realize that the best things in life are worth a thousand years of waiting…maybe we’ll come to know that we’ve never had what He really wants to give us.
A patient heart is what I’ve been praying for days now. Because this heart of ours is always running towards our desires extremely fast. So fast that everytime we encouter humps and bumps along our way…we fall too hard and too bad, and hurt ourselves deeply. MOst of us do not know how to wait. Wait patiently. What’s the difference between the two?
When you’re in the bus stop looking out for a ride going to work 5 minutes before you’re completely late…that’s when you wait. When you’re looking out for your mom to finally arrive with something you asked her to bring for you…that’s when you wait patiently…What’s the difference? “JUST WAITING” happens when you’re heading towards something bad and with a lot of pressure. “PATIENTLY WAITING” happens when you know, and you’re believing, that you’re heading towards the BEST and with an overflowing excitement.
Why don’t we think this way. Let’s look at the best destination there is, be still and keep our FAITH. Faith in Him and all His beautiful plans for us. That’s when we learn to wait patiently. We stop getting tired. We start being motivated to continue moving forward even after everytime we fall. And guys…let’s not run. We can just walk. Ask Him to walk with us, because He’s the best companion there is and will be 🙂