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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

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I'm thankful God makes us wait


Waiting is a strange concept in the 21st Century. And it’s relative. When you have to wait more than 5 minutes in a line at Target, you’re sure you’ve been waiting too long and begin to look around to see if another lane is opening. But if that 5 minutes is all you have left with a loved one, then it doesn’t seem nearly long enough. 30 minutes is too long to wait in traffic. But the first time you hold your newborn child, 30 minutes seems to pass quicker than a breath.

When most of us are told we must wait for something, our first reaction is to grumble, roll our eyes and let out a huge sigh of dissatisfaction, followed by the usual question, “How long is the wait?”. For the most part, we’ve all become very impatient people, living in a very “instant” world where most things we want can be attained in a matter of only a few minutes -- that is, if we even have to wait that long. We have instant coffee, microwave popcorn, ready-made-meals, and clothes that are already worn and torn without the nuisance of having to wear them out the good ‘ol fashion way...by wearing them...for years. And we don’t even have to wait for our nails to grow anymore. That’s what Press on Nails are for, right? Whatever it is we want, we’ve managed to find a way to get everything in this world, faster and smarter. But are all these things really smarter, or are they just faster while compromising the luxury of waiting and cultivating quality that can only be produced over a period of time; a period of waiting?

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before Him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness...I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I hope” (1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalm 130:5). One of my favorite things to do while waiting in a line, traffic, or for a friend running late is to be thankful for the extra time to pray and worship my awesome Father God. When I worship while I wait (and there are many ways you can do that; be creative), waiting goes from being an unwanted guest to a pleasant visit from a refreshing friend! Waiting becomes a new way to worship Christ and provides new opportunities that pop up throughout the day to commune with my awesome God! Sometimes this waiting goes on for days, weeks, months and even years. But no matter the wait, I cherish every extra moment God gives me to worship Him and gaze upon His beauty!

“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18). I’ll tell you one thing I’m definitely thankful to have waited for; my husband! And boy, was he worth the wait! After many years of dating, in search of a spouse, it finally occurred to me; I had no idea what I needed, or even wanted in a husband. At age 20, I chose to wait on God and yield to His plan. I committed to the Lord that if it pleased Him, I knew that I’d be satisfied to stay single. I was done looking for “Mr. Right” because I realized I’d been with “Mr. Perfect” since I was four! Unbeknownst to me, a young, 22 year old, extremely handsome man (inside and out) was 2,000 miles away, praying the same prayer, having come to the same conclusion. One year after we both prayed this prayer, God moved my darling husband right next door to me! How convenient! We met on the third day after he arrived in California. And on our very first meeting, God made it clear to both of us that we had found the one we’d been waiting for.

Some people meet their soul mates when they’re little children and others in high school. God made us wait to meet one another at the appointed time He knew was right for us -- even when it hurt sometimes. But because God is abounding in compassion and full of mercy and wisdom, He was willing to allow us to experience some heartache so that we might more fully appreciate the gift He had waiting for us.

Thanks be to God for always working all things in His perfect timing and not in our impatient impulses!

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for this reminder, Sunny. It is hard to wait but always worth it when it's God's plan. (I married the 'boy' next door, too:)

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  2. Ahhh... I think often waits for that prayer of submission before bringing people together. I've seen it over and over again. Thanks for the example of using your waiting time for worship. Love you, sweet sister!

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  3. Sunny, I love your observations and practicality in this post! This is something that blows my mind about myself, my kids, our society in general. You are so right, we have everything we need in the click of a button! And while God is available to us the instant we call on Him, He often says, "Wait, my child. You'll see, it's for your best." And it is ALWAYS worth the wait.

    About once a month, I have a few nights that I can't sleep at all. It is probably a hormonal thing, but it is allowed by my Father for great purposes. Though it's exhausting, and I used to lay there and BEG God to help me go to sleep, it has now become a very intimate and bonding time with Him. I've learned to wait on Him to grant me sleep as He sees fit. Now that I've surrendered these nights to Him, I am rarely tired the next day. I'm rejuvenated after having 7-9 hours of bonding time with my Papa. Sounds crazy, but it's what came to mind when I read this, cuz last night was one of my sleepless nights.

    Love the heart of wisdom Daddy has given you to share with your sisters. Thank you!

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  4. Alicia The SnowflakeNovember 10, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    I can't say that I'm great at waiting or even that I'm thankful for being made to wait. But I am learning the value of waiting. It's a difficult lesson. But oh the blessings!

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