“Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
i was watching the river this evening. it was flowing tirelessly and furiously. it reminded me of the saying we’ve heard often time before:
“time is like a river. it never waits on anyone. when it passes, it is gone.”
as i watched, i felt sad. the idea of slipping away each day…and never grasping anything tangible for the present moment. and what about those who have never heard of the Gospel…who have yet to receive salvation before they pass on?
it happens all the time in my life…and in your life too, this wonder…this agitation. when this thought came across my mind, i wanted to throw the phrase “wait on God” into the rapid river and started doing something.
what good would it do if such moment passes by with nothing happens? why am i still waiting on Him if i never get what i want?
logic and intuition entered my mind and i doubted. this life would be such a waste of time if i were to keep waiting…and waiting…and waiting.
i closed my eyes, tired and hopeless. then the Spirit of God gave this scripture…not only to comfort me…but to remind me that there is a Builder greater than time. and that He is the One who conceives, constructs and completes the plan.
my friend, matt, once said to me, “…but you can’t be patient without having to endure time. that is the hardest part about patience and contentment…you can’t learn it from a book or will into existence. you must go through it.”
waiting and longing will continue to be a part of our life. but we can’t just throw it into the river. we need to keep it close to our heart…and offer it to the merciful Father.
nothing in this world matters without the Lord.
and once again, to Him..my Beloved, i resubmit myself and sing the song of surrender.