So for the past couple years, I’ve been getting emails from Air1, the Christian radio station. They’re daily emails and all they contain is a single Bible verse. Usually, I open them, read the message, and think about how often I’ve heard that phrase. Then I go on with life.
Today, though, I got this verse:
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. Psalms 37:7
Do I even need to say how impactful this verse was for me? Do I need to tell you how much I have been struggling with patience all of my life, and especially the last couple years? Do I need to number the times I’ve shaken my fist at God and said, “Let’s go, God, I’m not getting any younger, and I need this” ?
I don’t think I do.
Do I need to fall to my knees and give it all? Do I need to show everyone around me love like His? Do I need to be thankful for what I have instead of wishing for more?
I think I do.
I heard on the radio today–not on Air1, surprisingly, but on The House–this phrase. I can’t remember who said it, but it struck me so completely;
Quit thinking about the “If I had ____, then I’d be ___” and instead focus on being happy with what you have. Don’t say, “If I had this, then I’d be happy,” or, “If I had that, I’d be content.” You’ll never be happy that way.
Wow. Okay, God, I get the message…I think hearing something like that so often right when I need it is fantastic. I may not be able to hear God and feel His push on me 24/7, but I definitely heard this one. Loud and clear.
God, how awesome you are. How incredible is your love for me! I’m so blessed, just the way I am. I will wait patiently. I will stop thinking about what I don’t have and how if only I had it I’d be happy. I’ll start waiting on you to give me what I need when I need it, whenever that may be, and I’ll start living with happiness–not just joy–because You are Lord.
Thank you so much, God.
So. If this applies to you, I advise you to soak it in. I advise you to pray about it. I advise you to live it.
I know I’m going to do my best.