Ever hear the saying ‘cinch by the inch’? ‘Slow and steady, wins the race’? I don’t like those phrases. Lol. I am a bit anxious and impatient at times, even with God. Sometimes I want God to bring about results instantly- (after all He is powerful enough) but His plans often unfold differently, slowly. Anyone else feel the same? But, then- I see it, I see that His delay was actually a protection for me… whether it was an opportunity that would not have been realized on my time table, or some threat was averted of which I was unaware. People are right when they say “God’s timing is perfect”! When God was moving His people into the promised land, he could have done it all in a short period of time, even less than one year. But, in order to protect them from ‘beasts of the field’, (of all things), God would take them in ‘little by little’.
I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land. Exodus 23:29-20 NASB
What protections is God offering me right now as His plans move forward at His pace, not mine?
God, as this day begins- Thank you for Your providence, provision, and plans. May I see Your hand in all things. Would you give me favor as I advocate today, study Your Word, and reach out to love people in Your name. I am praying for my precious friend Fran. I wonder what You have in store for her as far as a place to live. She is a blessing to so many, please provide an affordable place that is well fit and surrounded by good friends. Help me remain calm and at peace without any anxious thoughts as I navigate this day. Instead I will be be ‘anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving, make my requests known to You’.