I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6, HCSB
Knowing that I am not mechanically-inclined, I should have just left it well enough alone, but the shower kept dripping. The dripping went on for awhile, was getting progressively worse and I grew impatient. I took a pair of pliers to the handle—and wound up creating a bigger leak inside the wall. The plumber had to come; and when he was finished there was a two foot square hole in the wall in the living room. That led to having to paint a wall—then an entire room because we could not find the matching paint. One thing led to another. One problem led to more work. One issue created several—all because I tried to help the process along.
Don’t we do the same thing to God? He is at work in our lives, but the process is taking too long, so we try to help, and before we know it—we’ve created a bigger mess. We want Him to fix the things in our lives that drip—those little frustrations that drive us crazy, and we wind up with a heart full of broken pieces that need to be put back together.
Wouldn’t it be so much better just to let the Master do his work? The plumber fixed the leak in no time—less than a few hours, and the shower would have been as good as new without the extra work of patching the wall and painting the living room. What if we allowed God to do His work in His time and agreed to His timetable instead of rushing ahead of His ideas? What if we were willing to sit quietly as He worked a miracle of peace and renewal in our hearts? We need to understand that He has the blueprint and He knows exactly what needs to be improved upon in our lives. He also knows how much time it will take, and He knows we need to develop the endurance and perseverance, and yes, the patience, that come from gradual progress. He knows instant gratification does not foster gratefulness—our memories are too easily distracted. But something that takes time, becomes a beautiful reminder of His work in our lives that won’t be easily forgotten.
Thought provoker: What improvement is God working in your life that is taking time? Are you working with the Lord, allowing Him to do the work in His time or are you prying into the process and creating more of a mess?
Lord, I am sorry that I get impatient with Your perfect work. Please help me to agree to Your timing and submit to Your process, for this is the best way! Amen.
Hope you have a good, Godly day!