Open, Open, Open!
God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I need comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle: I’m set for life. (Psalm 62:1)
How many times have we found it hard to wait for God's timing in our lives? The more we wait, the harder it seems to await whatever it is we are waiting on. Unable to wait longer, we can jump ahead of his timing, bringing disaster to bear in our lives. Been there, done that, and even wore out the t-shirt! Our psalmist puts things in perspective for those of us who have had to wait a little longer than we might have liked: "Everything I need comes from - so why not wait"? He is our solid rock - a firm foundation upon which we can base our trust. He gives us a chance to rest in him - breathing room for our souls, so we don't jump ahead of him. He is that impregnable castle - a word picture for not only the capability he has to keep us in our times of waiting, but a vast place for us to explore more and more of him as we do.
Yet, if you are like me, your soul doesn't exactly want to 'rest' at times - your mind gets you going and your emotions have you in a twisted bundle of worries. So, you plan how you can 'speed things up' a little, don't you? Or am I the only one who jumps ahead? While the foundation upon which we place our trust is reliable, we sometimes step a little too close to the edge of that trust, letting go of it piece by piece because we have allowed something to disturb our peace in the midst of the waiting. Usually we can overcome that disturbance, but allowed to steep a little and that brewing discontent can cause us to launch out on our own.
It is a hard lesson to appreciate - everything we need comes from God and he has already made provision. Think for a moment about your next meal. If you pantry or refrigerator is a little low, you probably plan a trip to the grocer. You do so because you have formed a habit of trusting the grocer to have what it is you require for that next meal - a provision storehouse of sorts. If we can trust our local grocer to be a provision storehouse, why do we have such a hard time trusting God to be the one who will make provision for all we need? His storehouse is vaster than any grocer's; his resources are innumerable and are continually being refreshed. Our psalmist appreciated this fact - God has everything we need, opening up his storehouses to meet those very needs - in his timing and according to his purposes.
Do you go to the grocer 'after-hours' when the business is shut down and count on getting groceries? No - you know the business hours and you venture there during those set hours. If we can abide by the timing of these physical business that act as storehouses for our needs, why do we find it hard to wait on the timing of our God? We wait on the timing of our grocer - so why not wait on God's perfect timing to open up those storehouse of his grace and provision? Just askin!