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"Noah-- waited 120 years before the predicted rains arrived.
Abraham-- waited 25 years for a promised son.
Jospeh-- waited 14 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Job-- waited perhaps a lifetime, 60-70 years, for God's justice
God prepares leaders in a crock-pot, not a microwave. More important than the awaited goal is the work God does in us while we wait. Waiting deepens and matures us, levels our perspective, and broadens our understanding. Tests of time determine whether we can endure seasons of seemingly unfruitful preparation, and indicate whether we can recognize and seize the opportunities that come our way." -- John Maxwell Leadership Bible
To be honest, this is something about my walk with Christ that is a real S T R U G G L E. Anyone else? And it doesn't help that we live in a culture that is a "I want it NOW" mentality.
I know that the wait only makes me a stronger more mature daughter of Christ. It refines me. It strengthens my "grit" muscles. It increases my endurance. It reveals what I'm made of. Nevertheless, the wait for those deepest desires of your heart never gets easier -- especially if you feel like they're right at the tip of your finger.
In fact, I think that's when the wait is the hardest. I think about my experiences playing competitive soccer -- it's the end of an intense close game. You're exhausted and there's the temptation to just slightly let up, but even a minute of letting up can mean loosing the game. And that's the exact moment when you find out what you're made of. You have a choice-- you choose if you're gonna dig deep and stretch your mental muscles to fight till the very end.
Today, I kinda feel like that in a lot of areas of life. There's that temptation to let up and say "who cares I guess I don't really want those things I keep telling myself I want." But, that's Satan talkin. God made me for more than that. So I reject those thoughts. God, give me endurance to fight for what I want out of life. Thanks for giving me opportunities to see what I'm made of -- to check my "grit" muscles. Am I a fighter or am I a quitter? It is my choice and choose to be a fighter. #NotTodaySatan