Waiting On The Lord Instead Of Just Jumping In With Both Feet
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me. Michah 7:7 ESV
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:7-8 ESV
Sooooo, after dangling the camera over the edge of the sparkling blue water and then snapping a few pictures my guess was confirmed.
Yes, you read that right
Of all of the things I had expected to see this morning looking at me, this was not it and to say that I was not excited to see it is an understatement.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, Romans 5:3-4
Somehow Mister Bat had taken a dive and now sat just above the waterline looking mostly drowned and definitely not its best. I don’t know if it was out on a midnight flight looking its best kind of wonderful and feeling overly self-confident and out for a good time and got turned around or was trying to get a long cool drink at the pool of shiny waters and fell in.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you. Psalm 33: 20-22 ESV
Thankfully for Mr. Batty, Mr. Cottage was able to scoop it out with our pool net.
It’s kind of ironic that we do the same thing, isn’t it?
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25 ESV
We rush ahead without seeking His will, we dive in at the first sign of something glittery without a thought or even a prayer about if this is His plan for our lives. I’m just a guilty as the next gal. We get caught up, sidetracked if you will or maybe we get tired of waiting on Him. It’s so easy, isn’t it?
I believe that I shall looka] upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14 ESV
We can do it on our own! Girl power, pixie dust, and whatever else, and then we end up in a situation something like the bat. Alone, hurting, and scared. In way over our head with no hope of getting ourselves out and needing someone bigger than us to swoop in and rescue us.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 ESV
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 ESV.
It’s easier to attempt to grip the controls of our life than move over and let God take the pilot’s seat. But when we wrestle the controls back from His hands and insist on our own way we miss all of the amazing blessings that He has planned for our lives.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Missionary, Jim Elliot
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