Have you ever been sitting there and read something and thought to yourself “Hmmm, that’s an excellent point!” Or “Hmmm, I wonder if that person might be onto something?” Well I’ve been having a lot of those moments here recently. Thanks to Facebook, I am afforded to opportunity to interact with some people I might not otherwise interact with on such a consistent basis. Some of these interactions have spawned some of these types of thoughts for me.
In light of recent events I realize I have not been as patient with God as I should be. I have been wanting answers, and like most people nowadays, I want those answers pronto! In this day in age we can get almost any information instantaneously. We get it via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter the moment the news breaks, sometimes before the news channels even have a chance to report it. Now that’s what I call quick! Unfortunately though, those sites do not contain all the answers we seek. Through reading and studying the bible and talking to friends who have been in similar situations, I’ve found that there are some answers we just have to patiently await. Sometimes, we may never know the answer to those questions.
I recently posted on my Facebook page a question about when being a nice guy eventually pays off. When I posted it I wasn’t sure what kind of responses I would get. The reason though, for me posting it, was because I feel like sometimes being a nice guy doesn’t really get you anywhere. There are people out there who will take advantage of your kindness. That isn’t to say that I don’t expect people to be on the receiving end of it, I just don’t like to feel like I’m being used – there is a difference. I think it’s human nature to not like being lied to as well. If you have something to say; then say it. If you are asked a question, answer it. Answer it honestly though. Even if your answer will hurt someone’s feelings at the time, it’s better to tell the truth and let the person heal naturally than to lie to someone and then they find out later that it was a lie, then they become hurt all over again. That’s just not nice. Anyway, back to my post on Facebook. One of my friends, Brandy, posted this:
“Maybe God is waiting for you to be content with what you have before he blesses you with more??”
That was it. The thing that made me go “Hmmm.” I think Brandy hit the nail smack dab on the head with that post! I was sitting there, wanting answers and wanting them now. Obviously there is a reason that He doesn’t want me to know those answers just yet. I’m not taking the time to fully appreciate what I have now. I’m supposed to continue to be nice to people, even to those people who aren’t so nice to me. I am no longer going to let people take advantage of me, but I’ll still remain cordial to them.
So now it’s time for me to do my part – to be patient. If you’ve been following along here and/or on my Facebook page, you’re well aware of the fact that I do not like to do anything alone. I don’t even like to go to Wal-mart alone if I don’t have to. I’ll wait a few days to get something if I know one of my friends will be available to go with me at a later time. I also enjoy watching movies with other people. I’m all about making memories with friends, even if those memories are just that we spent time together doing simple things. Relatively speaking, our time here on Earth is short, so I would much rather make the most of my time here making memories with friends and family! Even though I enjoy doing things with other people, I am slowly learning how to enjoy doing those things alone. Sure, I’d rather share that experience with someone but there are good points to watching a movie alone, or going shopping alone too. I am now starting to actually enjoy watching movies alone. I still have my vision and I have my hearing, some people aren’t so fortunate to have either of those. Going to Wal-mart; same thing. I thank God that I have the ability to walk around the store and shop alone, sometimes it goes quicker! Just because I am starting to enjoy doing things like that alone though, doesn’t mean that I always want to do them alone!
So the lesson here today has been patience. We could all use a little more of it, and the bible has a lot to say about it. Here is a little something from the bible on patience:
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” – Psalm 37:7-9
I’m no longer going to fret about things, especially things I have absolutely no control over, as I do not want to be evil! I’m still hoping in the Lord, just like Isaiah 40:31 says. One day I’ll have my wings!