Monday, January 25, 2010

The Trust Test


I got up for work this morning, like every morning. Got dressed and packed my lunch for my day, like everyday. Drove the 20-minute commute to my office, and like every other day, wished I was heading in another direction.

If you feel called into another vocation, spiritually called, what happens if you can’t get there? You have made specific plans, taken needed steps, prepared yourself for a change and then…nothing happened. The doors that you assumed would fly open, shut in your mystified face. You are left, standing outside, feeling the rain drops of impatience. When God calls, and you immediately respond, why does He take so long to move?

2 Peter 3:8-9 may have the answer:
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.” – NIV

It is hard to remember that “not right now” doesn’t mean “not ever”. Our culture surrounds us with immediate gratification, so when that is not the case, we are lost in a world of wanting and not receiving. Fortunately, as we know from scripture, our time is not God’s time. Inevitably, our time of waiting turns into a test of trust. Do we trust that God will keep his promise, even if it is not tomorrow?

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