I came across another great verse from Romans 8 (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite chapters in the Bible). I like it because this passage covers some important principles that can help me navigate this complicated thing called life with a bit more grace. Consider:
Here are a few things that spring to my mind. I’m no theologian here – this is simply my take on the verse.
- If we possess radical (yet biblical) hope; and
- cling to radical (and biblical) faith; then
- we are able wait [through the power of the Holy Spirit] – calmly and patiently – with a sense of expectation, fully anticipating that God will respond to us according to His timing.
It seems like waiting is an important part of life. However, how we choose to spend our time in God’s “waiting room” (impatiently and anxiously, or calmly and peacefully) is up to us.
I admit that I am not great at waiting in certain areas of my life. I’m extremely patient with children, but when a slow-driving car (usually a Prius – sorry if this observation [ahem, truth!] offends anyone) sidles into the fast lane and brings traffic to a grinding halt, I admit that my patience and willingness to wait fly out the window.
However, if I’m reading this verse correctly, I should be able to apply these principles to my life in virtually any area – the choice is up to me, really.
So here we go. Bring on the Prius, Lord. 😉
Dear Lord, thank You for this important reminder that there are areas of my life where I can be more patient and hopeful as I wait for You to respond. I’m also encouraged, though, that there are other areas of my life where I feel that You have enabled me to be remarkably patient and trusting, and I give You full credit and glory for this. When I encounter a “spiritual Prius” in my life – unexpected events, annoying people, or sometimes, just the car itself – please empower me through Your Spirit to respond with patience and composure as I sit in Your waiting room (or in the fast lane, waiting for the Prius to move). In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.
A few updates and questions for you all:
- Many thanks to you all for not discussing the finale of the Great British Baking Show. I finally watched it tonight! (and I’m not saying who won) I would’ve been Daily Unthankful had someone here revealed how it ended. 😀
- A friend of mine told me about a Christian prayer and meditation app called Abide (www.abide.is), created by some tech-savvy believers who used to work at Google. I just downloaded the app tonight, and – full disclosure here – unless so moved, do not intend to pay for the premium services (I have never paid for an app, and I do not intend to start at this time). I do, however, encourage you to check it out if you feel so inclined. Apparently, there is way to add friends, so if you want to join me on Abide, feel free to connect with me by name, Daily Thankful, or by email – hello at dailythankful dot org (I don’t quite know how all of this works – and I’ve not been paid or anything to mention it here; it simply seems like an interesting idea).
- I mentioned to you all that I was considering having guest bloggers on Daily Thankful, and solicited your feedback. I appreciate those of you who who responded so kindly and thoughtfully! Thank you. As of this time, I will continue to be the sole author – with the Lord, of course – of Daily Thankful. Should anything change, I’ll be sure to let you know.
- Several of you bloggers are also published (or soon-to-be-published) authors, which I think is wonderful. I am prayerfully exploring the idea of somehow taking the content of Daily Thankful and creating some sort of devotional book from it. However, I have no idea how to go about doing this. Do you have any tips or recommendations?
Thanks! Blessings to you all.