Confession: I’m doing Margaret Feinberg’s Unwrapping Advent devotional and I just unwrapped tomorrow’s gift today.
Is there some sort of penalty for doing that? I get the impression Margaret is pretty forgiving, so I’m hoping she goes easy on me. 😉
Well, either way, I’m glad I did peel the paper off of Friday’s gift, because tucked away under the wrapping were words I needed to hear today. I guess I just find it amusing that I’m doing a study about waiting and hoping and I can’t resist the urge to read Friday’s devotional on Thursday. And then, the verse that I needed to read makes this struggle to be content in the waiting and the lesson I learned today even more amusing!
We’re in no hurry, God. We’re content to linger
in the path sign-posted with your decisions.
Who you are and what you’ve done
are all we’ll ever want.
Isa 26:8 Message
Okay, Lord, I get it! 1. You have a great sense of humor. 2. Please keep working on me, I’m definitely still a work in progress.
There are gifts along this path of life and even though I’m often tempted to run ahead of You and shake all the boxes You sometimes call me to wait and be content with the gifts sitting right here in front of me.
God has an incredible track record of perfect timing in my life. I know that. There are countless pieces of evidence of this in my life today!
Today, I want to remember that.
I was also reminded this morning that even when we make the mistake of running ahead, God finds a way to work it back into His plan. So, even when we choose to open Friday’s gift on Thursday, He uses our choices to teach us, to grow us and to remind us of our need for Him. I love that, Lord. Nothing is wasted.