by Macy Johnson
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
(Proverbs 21:5 NIV)
King Solomon, the author of Proverbs, knew something about waiting. Although he had a slew of wives and beautiful palaces, I believe he humbly trusted his Lord to provide success. God blessed him with amazing wisdom to wait on Him.
I like to make plans. I like new projects. Nothing brings me more joy than to create a new spreadsheet for an upcoming vacation, new purchase, or special project headed my way. My daughter agreed with me this weekend that she has the same tendencies. The little girl who once told me she would never work in an office like her mom, is now skillfully and joyfully helping to run her husband’s family business - from an office, I might add.
How often have I jumped the gun, or run ahead, or planned to do something that was not for me? It has taken decades for me to learn well-laid-out plans require time and patience. I can hear God say, “Wait on me.”
“Both were running, but the other disciple (John)
outran Peter and reached the tomb first.”
(John 20:4 NIV)
This familiar story of the chaos after Jesus’ resurrection brings a smile to my lips. I’m certain I would be running around, too, wondering what was going on. It wasn’t until Jesus had Mary alone that He revealed Himself to her.
In order for God to open Himself and His wonderful plans to us, we must be still and quiet. As the whirlwind of thoughts and ideas whoosh through my brain, I have to force myself to stop and listen to Jesus’ small voice. There is no rushing my maturity in Him.
I will seek my heavenly Father in every quiet moment. I hope you will, too!