Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.16.15

 
Scripture
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
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Psalm‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬
 
Pray
Father thank You for this day. Thank You for my life and my loved ones. Thank You for every moment that I get to spend with them, share with them, and openly love them.
 
Thank You for the tests and for helping me through the darkest of times. Thank You for connecting me with people of different faiths, views, and convictions. Thank You for the abundant blessings that I can never repay You for. 
 
In Jesus’ name. Amen. 
 
 
Reflection
Let me start of today’s message by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my amazing mother, Gwendolyn Foreman. She was the human vessel that made my life possible, and she has been the primary person in my life who loves me unconditionally. The love of a mother is priceless, and I’m so humbly grateful for every moment I have with mine. Whether your mother is alive or not, take the time today to tell yours that you love and appreciate them. 
 
Today’s scripture is so simple yet so complex for those of us who are into complicating God’s ways, and trying our best to control the uncontrollable. It’s like a house on fire, do you rush in, or wait a moment to see the best angle of entry? In our daily lives do you just react or do you wait for God’s guidance? Most of us react, and in our reactions we fall flat on our faces, and then cry out to God to save us. If only we had just waited for Him to begin with. If we believe in Him as we say we do, then why are we so impatient with him?
 
It’s like dealing with an elderly person who’s moving extremely slow, do you wait patiently or do you run over to them and throw them in a wheelchair and rapidly push them to the destination? When they take their time to respond to a question, do you wait for their answer or do you rush to fill in the words for them?
 
I think of the parents of small children who get irritated that the child is walking too slow in the store or outside, so rather than waiting for the child, they just pick them up and carry them. Parents get impatient with the child who self-feeds and eats too slow, so they pick up the spoon and begin to feed the child at a pace that is more to their liking. Parents waited on average 9 months to see and touch their child at birth, now that the child can walk and talk, these same parents can’t be bothered with walking at the child’s pace. The irony of this is that it’s oftentimes the same parents who wanted desperately for their child to hurry and crawl, hurry and stand, and hurry up to walk. Did that process go at the child’s pace or the parents?
 
We do this with God. In our small minds we think He’s moving too slow, so we try to speed things up to a pace that we deem acceptable, we grab the steering wheel and slam our feet on the throttle—and when we crash, we then cry out for God to make us whole, to repair the car, to heal our wounds, and to make things right—on top of what we initially needed assistance with (before the crash). 
 
Are you willing to wait?
 
I love my mom because she never rushed my pace in anything in life. She always let me develop, move, and go at my pace. She’s still that way, and I love her for it!
 

 

Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. When you recite today’s scripture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
3. Why do you think you struggle with waiting for God?
4. In what ways can you begin practicing the art and science of waiting?
 
Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 
 
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Love always,
Natasha
 
 
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