Scripture

Proverbs 13:19 (NIV)
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.

Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.

Observation

Have you ever peeked at a present before it was time to open it or had someone ruin a surprise? What about that movie you wanted to see or that book you were reading and somehow the ending was spoiled? You might think I’m crazy, but when I’m at the theater and the previews come on I close my eyes and put my hands over my ears. I want to be able to fully enjoy a film or book. It’s all about the journey. You’d think that with this attitude that it would be easy to wait on God. Right?

I “know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV), so why do I fret when I see the sign, “Slow Rough Road Ahead” in my life? It says it right there on the sign, “Slow.” When I’m driving my car, I slow down. I don’t want to have an accident. How much more, should I slow down in my life? When God “makes me lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2 NIV) why don’t I slow down and allow Him to “lead me beside quiet waters” (Psalm 23:2 NIV)? I know the scriptures! I know that I plan my way and you God, you order my steps (Proverbs 16:9). Why am I like this? Why do I fuss and whine and want it now?! Don’t you know, Father, it says it right here in your word, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12 NIV)! I have hoped and hoped and hoped for so many years…

Then He tells me, “I delight in your journey.”