I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart. (William Shakespeare)
On Thursday, I read a Bible passage that filled me with the faith to believe that a frustrating season of life was almost over. Two days later, when my circumstances hadn’t changed, I got discouraged.
“God, it’s been TWO DAYS! Why hasn’t anything changed? Where ARE You, Lord?”
Yep. Two days. Realistically, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting would happen in two days. Just something. Anything.
The season in question has been extremely long. Seemingly endless, actually. It feels like it started before time began and that it will last until after time ends. (Okay, so that might be a tad bit dramatic. It’s been a year. Well, 10 months actually. So pretty much an eternity. Close enough.)
I truly thought I had finally learned the lessons that God needed to teach me through these particular circumstances. I really did. I thought I was ready to move on to bigger and better things. But it’s becoming very clear to me that the Holy Spirit still has … ahem … a teeny-tiny bit more work to do.
So what kinds of lessons should I be learning from the more-difficult-than-usual seasons of life?
1. The art of patience: Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Instead of waiting patiently, I’ve been more like that annoying kid in the back seat saying, “Are we there yet?” (But really, God. Are we there yet?)
2. A faith perspective: Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” It’s all about learning to walk by faith, not by sight – not just in theory, but also in practice.
3. Gratitude: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” (Ha. I sure didn’t do that yesterday! Just ask my mother. Actually, I’d prefer you not ask her. Please. I’m serious. Don’t.)
Okay, Lord. Life lessons. I get it. Cool. NOW are we there yet? LOL.