‘For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary. I will dwell in your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah’ (Ps 61:3-4 AB )
What a wonderful thing it is to dwell. To be able to pause, hover and hesitate in God’s presence. To exist in His time, rather than our own.
Most often we can be guilty of being resentful of God’s timing simply because it doesn’t line up with our own. Our pride gets in the way and says -‘No Father, I know best!’ . How very thankful I am that I am wrong when I start to assume I have the full knowledge of my Father’s plan.
You see all this time in my forty something years I missed it… I have continued to argue about timing and when and how I think things should fall into place. But I missed the point. The point is not that when or how they might fall into place, but rather that the Father is in His Place… and wants us to be there too.
I totally overlooked the fact that as a Christian, the point wasn’t just in the timing of the end result, but in the timing that when I trust Him, I have longer to be able to spend time resting and waiting in His presence.
I have the time to dwell, and allow God to speak intimately, closely, with gentle whispers and grace. To hold my heart in His hands and gently massage it as we would holding a dove in our arms with a calming coo.
This was recently brought to my attention whilst reading II Peter 3:8-9;
‘Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. [Ps.90:4.] The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.’ (AB)
I am left asking myself how it would look if instead of fighting the things i don’t understand, when they don’t happen when I want, if instead I revelled in the opportunity to rest in his Grace…
May the Father’s blessing rest upon you all,
(credit Christ Eternity – YouTube)
© Andrew Jewell – wedgetailministries.com