Slow Going

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Sometimes life just feels, well, sluggish. The goals I thought I would have met by now are still far off in the future. The tasks I expected to cross off my “to do” list long ago are still waiting squarely at the top of the list. Or, worse yet, those “get it done” items have been pushed down to the bottom of my list by all the new urgencies life has handed me. Have you been there? Do you ever wonder why God doesn’t make it easier to make progress? Here are a few thoughts on that matter:

We’re in good company when our progress through life is (at least from our perspective) slow. Take a look at these two verses about Paul, taken from the book of Acts.

  • When two years (two years!) had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison” (Acts 24:27).
  • And then, shortly thereafter, in chapter 27, “We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone” (Acts 27:7).

Even Paul found his progress slowed by circumstances beyond his control.

Sometimes what we see as a frustration of our plans is simply the alteration of what we want so that it matches what he wants. Waiting on the Lord can mean a lot of just that—waiting.

Finally, God doesn’t waste a thing. Not Paul’s imprisonments. Not the redirection of the ship on which he sailed and not the changes in “our” plans. I love this verse from 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT, “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” Nothing is wasted, including waiting, or moving at a different pace than we had planned. So, navigate this day with peace, relaxed in the conviction that our Lord is at the helm.

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