Dutch Sheets once said, “A lack of endurance is one of the greatest causes of defeat, especially in prayer. We don’t wait well. We’re into microwaving; God, on the other hand, is usually into marinating.”
Wait ten minutes before reading on.
No. Do it. Invest 10 precious minutes of your life. Pray. Think. Ponder. Love. Dream. Most of all, wait . . .
See what I mean? You couldn’t do it without fidgeting.
“Well, I’m gonna be late—!” Ah. And you’re blaming whom?
Quiet time this morning included this: “Be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.” [1 Peter 5:6-7]
Your steel – backbone, resolve, nerve, peace of mind – can all little by little be stolen by your impatience. You can find yourself irritated and agitated, flying into jagged little shards just sitting at a stoplight or at your desk.
Why? Because things and people outside you are moving like molten lava while your insides resemble a Ninja Intelli-Sense on high.
Suggestion: move over out of the fast lane. Begin or reestablish the habit of marinating: every relationship you have, including with God, will improve if you do.
© D. Dean Boone, September 2017