It seems that almost everyone has a blog out there! Case in point: Paul Tripp Ministries. I am grateful for Paul Tripp and his giftings in clear writing and excellent counsel. I have some of his books and they have been excellent resources.

After I came across this blog, I read the last couple of posts and two immediately jumped out at me because I think they clearly describe an area where I struggle with frequently, waiting. It could be waiting in line at Walmart, waiting for the dryer to be done, waiting for email responses, waiting for marriage, waiting, waiting, waiting. I think I spend all my time waiting on things! :) And I know, that my sinful heart views any waiting with all disdain. Why? Because I am a prideful, sinful creature. I want to be self-sovereign. I want to be in control. And this is idolatrous. God is sovereign, I am his subject, his child. Such a clear cut truth, but oh, does my heart rebel.

Yet even with my rebellious heart, God the Father draws me with tender compassion and with truth. He knows that the clear cut truth of his sovereignty is bedrock, yet he graciously shows the footholds in the bedrock that help steady our stance. Read what Paul Tripp says about God's purposes in waiting:

Waiting on God isn't to be viewed as an obstruction in the way of the plan. Waiting is an essential part of the plan. For the child of God, waiting isn't simply about what I'll receive at the end of my wait. No, waiting is much more purposeful, efficient, and practical than that. Waiting is fundamentally about what I'll become as I wait. God is using the wait to do in and through me exactly what he's promised. Through the wait he's changing me. By means of the wait he's altering the fabric of my thoughts and desires. Through the wait he's causing me to see and experience new things about him and his kingdom. And all of this sharpens me, enabling me to be a more useful tool in his redemptive hands.

"Wait for Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14

[Psalm 27 - Caught in the Middle]
[Psalm 27 - Productive Delay]


Alicia said...

I related to a lot of what you were saying. Thank you so much for finding all these great quotes and scriptures and bringing them to all of our attention. Thanks hun.

Nicole said...

Very good..thank you for sharing girlie!

I miss you.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Sara! Thank you for your honesty and sharing and thanks for the great excerpt from Paul Tripp! I can definitely identify [especially for the waiting for marriage part!]. :)