In Due Time

Psalm 145:9, in multiple translations:

“The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them food as they need it.” – NLT
“All eyes are on you, expectant; you give them their meals on time.” – MSG
“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in proper time.” – NIV
“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.” – ESV
“The eyes of all look to You [in hopeful expectation], And You give them their food in due time.” – AMP

Need (verb)- require something because it is essential or very important.

There is waiting required in the fulfillment of a need. The need does not just come and then a second later, the provision. There has to be a waiting period- otherwise our relationship to God the Father, the fulfiller of need, would be reduced down to an ATM / debit card. That’s not a relationship – that’s a transaction.

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Verse of the Month: June + July 2017

“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently on the LORD.” – Psalm 27:13-14 –

Honesty time: I suck at patience.

Even more honesty time: I think you do too.

“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” – Psalm 27: 13-14 –

Honesty time: I suck at patience.

Even more honesty time: I think you do too.

I think we all are deeply-rooted in a soul-devouring impatience. We want to graduate- quick. Find a job- quick. Get married- quick. Have a baby- quick. Get to “good”- quick. And impatience isn’t bad! It assists in the evolution of life- the fire burning within us to do more and to be more. But here’s where I find the problem-

Jesus is in the waiting. The Holy Spirit is in the slowing down of our brains long enough to be thinking of nothing, and then giving God the space to show us what is important.

It’s patience, sitting in silence + solitude, actively listening while intentionally planting yourself, immovable to even the most exciting of invitations from the outside world, and internally listening to the invitation of Jesus to sync your thoughts with the most interior of your being.

That’s why this is the verse of the month(s) for both June and July. In June I took a step back- from writing, group activities, and my phone (failed more often than succeeded, but it’s all in the intent) and sat in more silence + solitude than I’ve ever done before. I’ll be giving more insight into what that looked like for me (spoiler alert: it looks different for everyone) later on this month, but what it really fed into me above all was patience. Patience in God’s timing, patience in my growth, and patience in the world around me. The fruit of that was twofold- one, I saw the Lord’s goodness more clearly than ever before, and two, I saw the corruption of humanity more pronounced than I’d ever spent time looking into. Again, I’ll go into that more later, but overall- waiting patiently on the Lord allowed me to be more patient with myself and the world around me- a renewal of myself in the most tender and intimate of ways.

Verse of the Month: Explained

My overarching belief in terms of Christianity // Society // the World is that we all have a role to play. Some have big roles, some have small roles, but in general, each role just as important as the next. Based on the season we are in, we might think we are building God’s kingdom as fast as we can, or sometimes we feel like we are just struggling along to pick up the next brick // mortar.

He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
– Matthew 9:37-38 –

My overarching belief in terms of Christianity // Society // the World is that we all have a role to play. Some have big roles, some have small roles, but in general, each role just as important as the next. Based on the season we are in, we might think we are building God’s kingdom as fast as we can, or sometimes we feel like we are just struggling along to pick up the next brick // mortar. I can tell you, from my experience, that I most often feel the latter- like I’m doing nothing but mosy-ing along in this life, while other people are going on mission trips, serving above and beyond on the weekends, or selflessly giving of themselves in ways I hadn’t thought of. It’s a downer, that idea of comparison.

How Can I Send Workers When I’m Not Working?

But there’s something I miss when I’m comparing myself to others and doubting my impact. In my season of complacency, I think I truly miss that I have a huge role in the success of those endeavors, both my own and the one’s God has breathed life into from others. The catalyst for not missing these opportunities is prayer, and specifically tuning my prayers to building God’s Kingdom, no matter who is doing the heavy lifting. I read a quote by Mother Teresa recently that really spoke into this idea:

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa

This is the right-kind of thinking for a few reasons- 1) it’s Mother Teresa so you know its right, 2) it’s supported by the bible. Jesus always talks about the power of prayer, and when he was faced with evil on this earth he turns to prayer [I don’t know about you, but if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me].

Remember: Your prayers have purpose because YOU have purpose.

Squash out Comparison // Perfection with Purposeful Prayer

Comparison // Perfection are weighty subjects, but I think they are important to note here in this discussion. We are so quick to compare ourselves to the quote-unquote “perfect” Christian in this life that we forget that we all are Kingdom-builders in some way, shape, or form, whether you are a Christian or not.

And I don’t know about you, but I want to make my time count.

Even When You Can’t, Pray

To make my time count, even when it hurts, I’ll pray. I’ll pray for God’s Kingdom to inhabit // infiltrate // overrun this earth. Even when I don’t feel like I can raise my voice, I’ll praise him, and pray to him. Because He is worthy, and anything less than that is not giving my best.

And in those prayers, I’ll pray for workers. I’ll pray for the people of my workplace // church // community to be God’s hands and feet and bring beautiful to their surroundings, and bring Heaven even closer to Earth.

Imagine if everyone prayed that prayer? For more workers to be on the front lines of the fields, loving ceaselessly and caring above and beyond for the poor and powerless. What kind of great harvest would that be!

So for the month of May, that’s my focus. To memorize this verse and remember, in every interaction, that I have the option to respond with prayer for those around me, rather than condemnation or judgment. You never know who could be the biggest Kingdom builder of them all- people can surprise you.

Surprise yourself. Partner with Jesus >> be the vessel for more workers to enter this world, and in turn reap a bountiful harvest.