by Cheri Cowell
A flat tire had derailed my carefully laid plans.
After bitterly complaining to God about the fact that I did not have time for this interruption, I surrendered. I decided to use the wait for emergency road service to make a call to a friend who needed encouragement. That felt good. All right Lord, You were right. Thank you for helping me to take the time to make those calls. So now what do you have in store for me? I looked around at my surroundings. There was a flowerbed full of weeds right in front of me in the church parking lot where I waited (in safety—another blessing that did not escape me once my attitude had changed). While I’m here I might as well weed the whole bed.
Weeding and waiting. . .what a great way to spend an afternoon. Not.
Hurry up and wait seems to be what I find myself doing most of the time. From the checkout line at the grocery store to the waiting room at the doctor’s office, I often find myself forced to wait. And as I do, oftentimes the weeds of impatience, pride, and selfishness rear their ugly heads. God faithfully uses those moments to show me my true self in all its glory.
Some weeds can be strikingly beautiful, and it’s not until they’ve taken over an entire yard that we see their destructive nature. Like the other day, when after several weeks of waiting for an appointment to see the Orthopedic Surgeon, the rude receptionist wouldn’t let me see the doctor. She said I needed a referral when I knew I did not. Even after calling the insurance company and having them explain my benefits to her, she refused to let me in.
Unfortunately, I did not handle the situation with grace. I exploded, impatience and pride overtaking me like weeds in a garden. My ugliness was highlighted even more when God fixed my problem by having another doctor’s office go out of their way to work me in that afternoon. In comparison with my bad attitude, His pure and unmerited grace exposed my sin for what it was: dirty as mud.
“If you don’t mind waiting,” the receptionist at the second office said, “I will work you in.”
“That will be great,” I responded, knowing the wait would give me more time to do a little weeding.
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 20:22 NIV
About the author: Cheri Cowell is the author of Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life. To connect with Cheri visit www.CheriCowell.com .
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