“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
These verses present a concept some of us aren’t very good with: delayed gratification. Yes, we like our stuff NOW. But as a business owner and coach I know that if we all went viral all at once we’d miss out on lots of stuff that only happen when things are built strongly over time. Not to say that it’s not good to get stuff or be successful quickly, but that there is value in having to work and/or wait for the good stuff.
One of the harder things to wait for is for the miracles we pray for: for the answers to financial burdens, health troubles or relationship challenges. When we feel like we’re between the rock and hard place and God tells us to wait it’s not something we look forward to hearing, let alone want to hear. Which is one of the things that our quick culture has really encouraged. While hundreds of years ago they knew that things took time, today we’re expecting instant internet-type results.
As the verses point out, it’s really important for us to be confident in knowing we’re on the right path, the path God wants us on and the path that, while it may take some work, is really a good learning experience for us. I’ve been through more things than some but not as many as others in my relatively short life. And one thing I learn over and over is that each and every moment in life is a learning moment. We can be blessed by more moments than we suspect if only we were open to the blessings. I don’t know about you, but I want more blessings!!
This week I encourage you to be confident. Not just the fake-it-til-you-make-it confidence, but confidence in knowing that God made an amazing person (you) and that you are more capable and powerful than you ever knew or believed. I believe in you!