In the age of instant dinner, instant coffee, instant romance, instant messages and fast-paced life, how long do you expect things to take? In my reading of Jeremiah and Mark this past week, I found some interesting stories relating to time. Let’s start with Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 42:1-3, 10. “Then all the guerrilla leaders…and all the people, from the least to the greatest, approached Jeremiah the prophet. They said, “Please pray to the Lord your God for us. As you can see, we are only a tiny remnant compared to what we were before. Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go.”…Ten days later the Lord gave his reply to Jeremiah.”
WOW 10 days!! If we waited ten days to hear back from someone about something, we would figure they either hated us, forgot about us, didn’t get the message or gave the opportunity to someone else.
We’ll come back to this story from Jeremiah in a moment, let’s take a look at Mark’s story:
Mark 8:22-25 “When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him…Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.”
Wait, did I read that right? It took Jesus TWO tries to heal this blind man’s eyes? Hmm. Let’s look at Jesus’ language for a moment. He asks if the man can see “anything” first. Not can he see perfectly or clearly, but anything. The second time Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes, the man can see “clearly.”
So what can we learn from Jeremiah’s story and this ex-blind man’s story?
1) We learn the lesson of patience. Sometimes you must wait for the really good stuff to manifest itself. It may not happen instantly, but the results, or answers will be made clear. In this age of instant, don’t be afraid to wait a little. The old saying of ‘good things are worth waiting for’ definitely applies here.
2) If you don’t succeed, try, try again. Your business effort wasn’t really a complete failure, your marriage, now divorce, wasn’t a complete failure, your life, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, isn’t a failure. From each of those something good has come. I’m sure that the blind man was just fine with seeing people who looked like trees for the rest of his life. But, with a little more work he was able to see people who looked like people. Don’t be so quick to throw things in the garbage or retire them to the furthest shelf in the closet.
I encourage you to wait it out a little longer, and keep putting for the effort, don’t just sit there, while you wait. Soon you will see results. If you need to try again, I encourage you to do so. Think of all the inventors who would not have succeeded in inventing things if they gave up on the first, or 100th try.
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