Monday, February 4, 2008

Groaning

I'm rushing around, tying shoelaces, zipping up coats, frantically searching for that one missing glove all the while urging my children to HURRY UP because we are late. We zip out of the driveway, lurching to a stop at the red sign. Hitting the accelerator, I zoom around the corner, ignore the warning yellow light, and instead screech to a halt at the glaring red light. Zoom ahead, screech to a halt. Zip forward, slam on the brakes.

This describes how I often go through life. I want to reach the destination and the pacing of the journey never seems fast enough. The yellows and reds along the way, I would prefer to avoid. I lack a sense of appropriate pacing.



My heart's desire is to see personal growth in my life. I don't want immediate gratification, I want immediate sanctification! I want to be patient, and I WANT IT NOW!!!

"He [God] is very patient with us when we are trying to be patient with Him."

~ Elisabeth Elliott ~


While I'm tapping my toe, impatiently unable to sit still, God is watching patiently. He's working in my life, though it sometimes seems imperceptible to me. He's patient with my failures and snail like growth. I can't wait for the day when my unredeemed body no longer hinders my reborn spirit.

I think Paul may have sympathized with my thoughts.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

I'm impatient for God to complete His work on this earth - to make me holy, to redeem my body, to redeem this world, to make it all whole again. But, He is patiently waiting for His children to enter into His flock before the end comes.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


Driving around busy streets with only my destination in mind is dangerous. There are other people on the roads too, with their own destinations to reach. God's working in my life, but He's working in other places as well and it's not all about me and my goals. Perhaps I ought to slow down long enough to notice the single mom stalled on the side of the road or the driver who keeps turning right in confusion.
There are people out there who are desperately lost and God is patiently waiting.

The key to contentment during this period of groaning is Abiding Under the circumstances God has for each one of us (you really might want to read that other post because it has a more thorough explanation of patience). It's about living with hope, and abiding in His patience, while we wait for complete deliverance.



Visit Bonnie for more thoughts on this quote.

9 comments:

twinklemom said...

*raise your hand if your guilty of this* *raises hand*

Amen! It seems that when stuck in traffic or getting kids ready at the last minute, is the only time the heart gets bumping and the adrenaline is going when that is time that can be focused on them and on God instead..

How many times have we spent trapped in traffic and instead using that time to reflect on God or say a prayer, instead we get caught up in the upset of the world?

Great post! Lol...I think moms can closer identify the need for patience then others can! Lol

Bonnie W said...

Heather, thanks for your insights today. I love yout verbal stop-start picture and the traffic light photo - they fit so well.

"I can't wait for the day when my unredeemed body no longer hinders my reborn spirit."

Amen! Me too.

Bonnie

Heather said...

I am so guilty. It's not just about the destination, it is also about the journey. Who we meet along the way, and who joins us.

Wow, great thoughts, Heather! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kathy S. said...

Heather, cant we all relate to this post?? I have a cool story about this topic. We were headed down as a youth group to the Kalahari in WI Dells a few years ago, and we had a pretty delapitated bus. The title of the bus across the back was "Carpenter". I was following the bus down on the interstate and the highest speed he could go was 55. As I kept pace with the bus, the cars zoomed past us (@70mph) & I got to thinking that when we follow "the Carpenter" our pace is quite different than the world around us. We go at His pace. And it's OKAY. It felt pretty profound to me at the time:-)
Blessings, Kathy

A Stone Gatherer said...

Great Post! I could see myself in the impatience I have with "wanting to be HOLY and wanting it YESTERDAY!" I praise God for His loving patience toward my impatience!!!

Denise said...

Awesome post.

Robyn said...

You know I used to get some sort of bizarre high off of the adrenaline I got from running late. Weird, I know. But, as I've grown closer to Jesus, He no longer lets me enjoy it. He's all about teaching me to slow down and have {gulp}...patience.

By the way, thanks for the tip about the "Compose" tab. I had no idea that there were two different tabs. I thought you were using some high tech HTML to do that. Shows what I know!

Diana said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing your heart!

Robin @ Heart of Wisdom said...

Great post! We all hurry too much. Thanks.