Ever fall into the thought pattern of “everybody else is getting ahead of me”? I’m thinking this must be an eternal temptation women encounter, no matter their occupation. Stay-at-home gals sometime think the workaday ladies have it all together and certainly receive more affirmation and attention for their work. Working women often times view the stay-at-homers as having such freedom and leisure, and may be envious they have more hours with their children. We “more mature” (not O L D!) women can look at each other and think a friend has a richer, better life because she is achieving milestones or accolades that bring her public attention. Yet, are we faithful to focus upon the situation or stature GOD has chosen for us, and decide to be content in it? AACK! Arrow in the heart! I’m guilty!
[bctt tweet=”Are we faithful to focus upon the situation GOD has chosen for us & decide to be content in it?”]
My reading recently in Numbers (yes, Old Testament is full of wonderful teaching!) has spoken volumes to me in this regard. God instructed the Israelites by His own Presence, manifested in a Cloud during the daylight hours, and a giant Fireball at night. If the Cloud began to move, the tribes were to move out, in prescribed order, follow the Cloud to the place it next stopped, and in that place, to pitch their tents and stay. No indication was given them as to the length of time they would camp there, nor what time of day God might have them gather up their bowls and spoons and take the artwork off the walls, throw it into the oxcart, and follow the Cloud! Do you think you might begin to WONDER??? WHY do we have to do this??? And wow, isn’t God really so mean, as to not even tell us six days in advance, so we could wash the sheets, at least? Would you just give a girl a break? Couldn’t we even get a few hours to get the kids’ clothes into color-coded bins? Sigh…. I fear I would have been one of these complainers.
They were told, in effect, to wait. WAIT? Ho-Hum. Sit around? Do NOTHING? Well, no—not nothing. During their days, they were to continue life in faithfulness. They were to gather the manna (which God provided, by the way) and feed themselves and their families. They were to maintain their purity, by worshiping every day at the tabernacle, most assuredly God wanted them to stay near Him and to observe His faithfulness to them and His great love. They were to be attentive! They were to watch the Cloud, which meant they needed to stay inside the area of the camp where they were protected from enemies, from wild beasts, from straying into some dangerous place where there was no water or food, and becoming lost. The Cloud was a GIFT to them! A gift of guidance and provision and protection!!
[bctt tweet=”The Cloud, or the WAIT is designed to watch over and protect us. We may just not know it yet!”]
The Cloud, or the WAIT, isn’t designed so God can thwart us under His fickle thumb, nor hold us captive to some maniacal self-gratification. He is “over” us in the Cloud (Spirit) to watch over and protect; to give provision and health; to restore, and redeem! The season in which I currently reside is not designed to hold me back, nor to destine me to obscurity, but is crafted by the infinitely wise and loving fingers of a Sovereign God Who is intimately interested in me and desires my complete joy and fulfillment. He knows that this season can, and will, bring me true success, by trusting His plan, not my own. My waiting is His design plan for maturation, purifying, drawing me closer to Him, and for the execution of a Plan far greater than my infantile mind might ever fathom as possible.
Even in the middle of horrific national and personal persecution and hardship, the prophet Jeremiah wisely recognized God was near, “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:25). Therein lies my answer. I know He is good. I know that waiting for Him is good. And in the meantime, I seek Him.
[bctt tweet=”I know He is good. I know that waiting for Him is good. And in the meantime, I seek Him.”]
Aleta Biddy defines her self as a gray-haired mother of four, wife of husband (Hunk), and retired 20-year homeschool teacher. Currently she spends her hours tending the home and retired Hunk, being mom/friend to two in-house adult daughters and one out-of-house son, taking Mother to various doctors’ appointments, teaching Bible study to overachievers who meet at 7 a.m. each week, and making as many trips as possible to the East Coast to see the married daughter and her Marines-pilot husband. She firmly believes God has graciously equipped her to wear many hats, and hopes to someday become proficient in at least one of them!