It's been awhile ... ok, it's been months. Lots has happened.
The details don't really matter but God has really been pressing me to write a blog post about something. So, here we go.
Right next to my work you have to pick one of two turn lanes to turn into my work at a stop light. A few weeks ago, I came into one of those turn lanes, all the while recognizing a car accident that had taken place across the street. Only to realize as I pulled to the head of the turn lane that the accident was in fact in part of my lane and I would be unable to turn in that lane. The light changes and I sit there waiting for the lane next to me to clear out to be able to change lanes and turn.
The car behind me kept honking their horn, making rude hand motions, and even sticking their head out their window and yelling at me to move. Problem is, they couldn't see what I could see. They didn't realize that if I moved, I would go a few feet but would either end up in the accident or create a situationin which I could move no further. So there I sat being honked at, yelled at, and gestured at.
Sometimes I think God must feel that way. He can see the whole picture. He is at the front of the intersection. And there we sit honking our horn, yelling, and trying as hard as we can to make God move. Thing is, even though we know where we want to go, God is guiding the way in which we should go.
Psalm 32:8-10 says,
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him."
God is not out to get us. He is not a God who enjoys seeing us miserable. He doesn't play with our emotions in a cruel way. That would stand to reason that if we can't move in a place where moving seems practical, then maybe we are right where God wants us. Maybe it's that we are ready for a place but it is not ready for us. Maybe the timing is wrong and moving forward would be dangerous or even hazardous. Maybe God still has things to teach us just where we are. Maybe it is none of those things.
Regardless, God is God and we are not. Will we choose to let God be God? Or will we be a stubborn mules. God wants us to take delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). He wants us to know we are precious and loved (Isaiah 43:4). He wants us to know that we can rest in Him (Matthew 11:28). He wants us to know that He has a plan and a great future for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
God's got this; He's got us.