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Commonsense Christianity

Commonsense Christianity

Snipping and Sniping at God

Being Still. That's pretty much my major job, and I'm not particularly good at it. Queen Anne's Lace by Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Being Still. That’s pretty much my major job, and I’m not particularly good at it. Queen Anne’s Lace, original oil painting and licensed print by Steve Henderson Fine Art.

My most recent bureaucratic nightmare involved securing a piece of paper from the local school district. As a homeschooler, I have fortunately not had to often enter the establishment’s hallowed halls, but this last week made up for years of my not being there.

Tired of Being Youngest (who is, um, our youngest child), in order to attend classes at the local community college, needed two pieces of paper that only the school district could provide. This didn’t appear to be a problem to me because I had filled out the paperwork to secure those papers months ago, and figured I would finish the process in the fall, when school started up.

I really should stop making a habit of thinking like this.

Apparently all of the paperwork I had completed and handed to a bona-fide human being months before really didn’t exist, Tired of Being Youngest didn’t exist, and we certainly weren’t going to get those papers anytime soon. Incidentally, it was my fault. Somehow.

Patience is a virtue, but not one of mine

It is a sad, but true thing to confess that I’m really not particularly good at keeping the snippy out of my voice when the circumstances aren’t right, and these circumstances were decidedly not right. Did I mention that there was a deadline and we were very close to not meeting it?

Tired of Being Youngest was holding up remarkably well, following me with concerned eyes as I made assorted fruitless phone calls, and when I was all done and not speaking to anyone in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, she commented,

“I know you’ll get this taken care of. You always do.”

As Christians, waiting is part of our walk with God. Waiting, original watercolor by Steve Henderson Fine Art

As Christians, waiting is part of our walk with God. Waiting, original watercolor by Steve Henderson Fine Art

She’s right, you know, I always do, and it was remarkably nice to not be the only person in the room who recognized this. TBY’s situation was of primary concern to me, and I was grateful that 1) she understood and accepted this and 2) she trusted me to take care of the matter.

Oh, that I could do that myself, with Somebody who is a lot more trustworthy than I am and Who is remarkably able to deal with anything the world of men can throw at me, or Him.

Trust, Hope, Wait, and Rest

But I tend to do more than watch with concerned eyes as life unfolds and circumstances don’t work out according to the way I hope, or think, they should. My primary jobs, which I understand to be to trust, hope, wait, rest, and be patient, are ones I’m not particularly good at, and if the problems continue past a week or so (and believe me, a number of them have well exceeded this time frame), I tend to get snippy, impatient, discouraged, and despairing, in that order — over and over again.

In this, it’s nice to know I’m not alone. The Psalmist phrased it neatly when he said,

“For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers. My heart is blighted and withered like the grass; I forget to eat my food,” (Psalm 102: 3-4)

There are better weight-loss plans

Forgetting to eat your food, which is a great way to lose weight, tends to be a result of stressing out, and quite honestly, I’d rather deal with weight gain. Some days are good ones, and I trust and rest (sort of) and hope, knowing that my life — with all its hurts, concerns, and insecurities — is of concern to God, because I am His precious daughter, and I know how I feel about MY precious daughters.

But it’s hard to keep waiting, and resting, and trusting, because we humans — especially aggressive American humans — like results, and when they don’t come fast enough, we get snippy, impatient, discouraged, and despairing.

This is a great time to remember that it’s not what we see, or what we think, or what we fear, that should be our focus, but what we know. And what we know is this:

  • ·       He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

 

  • ·       He will not leave us as orphans. (John 14:18)

 

  • ·       He cares for us and encourages us to throw all our anxieties at His feet. (1 Peter 5:7)

 

  • ·       Nothing is impossible for Him. (Luke 1:37)

 

  • ·       He protects us like a mother hen, and if you have never been around a mother hen, don’t get too close. They protect their little ones. (Psalm 91:4)

 

So does He.

  • http://thiswomanwrites.areavoices.com/ Carolyn Henderson

    My dear friend: Our Heavenly Father speaks to me, through your comment, as well. Thank you.

    Every article I write, I do so with Christ’s guidance in my heart, and before I post anything, I take time to consciously pray that the words written will go out to the person who needs to see it. It is such a gift of grace when someone writes me, like you took the time to do, and lets me know. I am very grateful for this.

    Yes, your time will come, and the path you are walking unfolds in front of your feet as you walk. I understand that it seems like nothing is happening — oh, believe me, I understand this! — but God is with you, walking with you, hand in hand.

    Sometimes, when things take so long, there’s a temptation to think that we don’t really matter to God, really, as much as His other children do. That maybe He is overlooking us, or has forgotten us, as He is busy and more involved in the life of others. But as Paul says in Romans 2:11, God shows no partiality. He does not love one of His children more than another — He loves His children — you, and me. This is always a great comfort to me as I wait, and I pray that it will comfort you as well. I take time to pray for you, and your situation, today, as I do with all the people who comment on my posts. God directs our lives in many, many ways.

    May the God of Hope fill your heart with peace and joy. (Romans 15:13) — Carolyn

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Carolynn,

    I know it is my heavenly Father speaking to me through this article. I would want to think that I just happened upon it, but I know it is He who led me to it. I have been waiting and been still for what seems to me like a pretty long time, but I am going to keeep waiting – My change will come!

    God bless you. Keep writing.

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