Re-run Summer continues with this THought from May 3, 2018. Some thoughts never go out of style…
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When I am Queen of the Universe, I am going to be very busy fixing things. And, right now, the thing I am going to fix is how long it is taking for Spring to show up this year!
I want to be digging in the dirt. I want to be warm. I want the leaves on the trees to pop and the flowers to make an appearance. I want to see the sun! How long will it take for spring to appear?
All this makes me think of that great churchy word, “tarry.” It’s one of those words that is right up there with “abide” and “smite” as a word that is not common in everyday speech. It’s a word that means to delay. Although I always associate it with my mother saying, “Don’t dilly-dally after school today!”
So why do we get so bent out of shape when things tarry? And — mind you — this is an age old impatience. The psalmists are forever lamenting how God seems to be tarrying!
For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.Habakkuk 2:3
Why? Because we want things our own way on our own timeline. We want to be creator of our own world. It’s like me saying (way too often!) “When I am Queen of the Universe, I am going to remedy this faulty situation!” I know, when I say it it sounds ludicrous: we know we cannot create our own worlds! And yet, our impatience underscores our intention.
And so, when the things of this world do not unfold the way we want, we get all impatient and grumpy. We start focusing on how we would do things better (only, we all know that it would only be better for ourselves). And we miss what is happening. We miss it because our eyes are glued only on what is not, and not on what is.
I suppose it comes down to this: do I trust that God’s got this? Can I admit that I am a much better creature than Creator? Can I let go of my timeline so that I can see what God is unfolding before me?
I am not very hopeful of getting that perfect in the near future. But I am hopeful that the Holy Spirit will continue to refine me.