BY: Lynne Dyer
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BIBLE TEXT: Psalm 25:5 (KJV): Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I’m in total football withdrawal right now. The Super Bowl is over, and months will drag now until next fall. Still, the hiatus is good, because it makes the pigskin’s return that much sweeter. I love the start of football season in August. I especially love watching the rookie find his place in the game. I’ve noticed though, that the newbies make mistakes. One I see often is the receiver who doesn’t wait to have full possession of the ball before he starts running. The result is almost always a dropped pass. He is so focused on advancing the ball that he forgets to secure it first.
While I am certainly capable of praying and waiting on God’s timing, often I plunge headfirst when an impulse hits me. I act with good intentions but without spiritual insight. The result is often a fumbled pass. My tendency to be impulsive is probably why I relate so well to Peter. While he later became a major player in the early church, he had a lot to learn while Jesus was with him. So often he spoke or acted without first pondering. I am right there with Peter. I’m pretty sure that as the soldiers approached Jesus, I would have been the first to defend the Lord and slice off an earlobe or two.
I did a little research and discovered that the word wait (or some form of “wait”) appears 160 times in the Bible. I didn’t even check on patience! Clearly, God believes that waiting is an important part of our Christian walk. His timing is always perfect even though that’s often hard for us to see. So my goal for now is to go first to God in every situation before making a move. If I can avoid a fumble, I want to!
Help me learn to wait for your guidance before I act. Let me occupy myself with focus on You instead of longing for things that aren’t happening in my timing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynne is wife to Ronnie, mother to Rachel, Matthew, stepmother to Ginger, and grandmother to Sarah-Beth, TJ, and Carson. She is employed as a project manager for Resource Recovery Consultants, and she is enjoying developing her second career after homeschooling for sixteen years. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband.