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Slowly, Steadily, Surely

Slowly, Steadily, Surely

06 August 2009

Scripture:

2 Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer in large, clear letters on a tablet, so that a runner can read it and tell everyone else. 3 But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed." (Habakkuk 2:2-3 NLT)

The other day I was explaining to my dog Buddy that he would get to spend today and tomorrow with Colin and Melissa. He really likes to be with them and he got very excited. Buddy the Dog ran and looked out the window for a few minutes and then sadly turned away and flopped down at my feet in front of my chair with a big groan and sigh as if to say, “You promised I could see Colin and Melissa and it didn’t happen. You’ve let me down again!”

The problem is that Buddy the Dog just can’t grasp concepts like “later,” or “in a little while,” or “tomorrow.”

Sometimes God tries to explain things to me and I can’t seem to grasp concepts like, “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled.”

I get discouraged and frustrated and flop down and say, “It didn’t happen, God. You promised and it didn’t happen! I’m so discouraged and my faith is damaged and I just don’t know if I can go on!”

And God has to remind me again, (for the thousandth time?) “Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

Prayer:

Father, I do believe what you say and I do trust in your word and your ways. I know you have the best in mind for me and that in your way of looking at it, the best way isn’t always the easiest or the quickest way. I will trust you and I will wait as patiently as my current level of maturity allows me to wait and I will continue to grow in confidence, in faith, and in trust in you. Amen.

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