An indiscernible happy thought was swirling around in my head “Take your time and enjoy what you’re doing” Definitely a God thought. I’ve always been in a hurry. Ever since I can remember, I was brought up to “hurry up.” I’m not sure why, but we did everything fast. We talked fast, walked fast cooked fast, ate fast, you name it we were doing it “fast.”
Slow is just not my thing. Which is exactly why the Lord gave me my husband. If you look up the word slow in the dictionary, well… it says “he’s just right for me.”
It seems that’s all I hear from God is “Slow down” “Take it Slower” “Not Yet!” Patience is definitely a fruit that needed to be worked out in spades in my life. If I only knew how often God has protected me from making unnecessary messes in the middle of my hurry.
In this face paced world, it is not popular to slow down. Everything is real time and on demand. That is just not how God does things. Oh, he has his “suddenly” and his “now time” but it only seems that way. Those things have been cooking a long time.
“You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.”Psalm 139:4-5 TPT
It’s hard to wait on God. Somewhere In the mix of our “when” is our why…why we are in a hurry.
Sure, you can go ahead and step out of God’s will and take matters into your own hands, the results may not be as lasting as they could be if it’s the right time. I remember a time when I stepped out too early on something I wanted to do. Yes! God gave me grace to do it, but it did stand the test of time. I think you know where I am going with this. God things take time because, well, he sees everything and we don’t.
God things matter for the kingdom today and beyond, so let’s not rush it. Cook it low (humble part) and slow (God’s Time.) One thing I have learned is when you are in hurry, it never comes out right.
Here are some ways you can enjoy where you are now while waiting for where you want to be xxoo Jackie
1. Make a list of what is good NOW
2. Make a list of NOW time scriptures to meditate on
3. Pray for insight and wisdom NOW
4. No complaining NOW! Negative thoughts and words make the time longer and unbearable
5. Keep facing forward and taking small steps toward your goals NOW
Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.