God, I’m On a Deadline
As I sat in all of my angst I started wondering why God hasn’t acted on behalf. God, I’m on a deadline. I had worked myself into an anxious fit wondering how to solve the problem I was facing. I was dealing with an issue which had passed the deadline. I had gotten so worked up so I just stopped. I stopped everything I was doing.
I went out to run some errands. Just as I was parking a car pulled into the spot next to me. There was a familiar song coming from the car. It was on very loud so I could hear the lyrics. I sang with the song, “yeaaaaahhhhh”, “and then what”. It was a song by Geezy. Then, to my surprise a suburban looking woman got out of the car. She was wearing a mom tunic (which was kind of cute), some jeans, and some Timberland boots. This was a very stark difference compared to who I’d expected to get out of the car. I chuckled and started reminiscing of when I listened to that type of music to help me calm down. Now if I listen to music for its calming effect it is gospel or worship music. Mostly though, I pray.
When I feel the way I felt that day I turn to prayer. I said, Father God, I know You know that I’m on a deadline. This deadline is of no surprise to You. You are an all knowing God. I didn’t get an answer, but what I did get was an onslaught of scripture. I chuckled.
These scriptures knocked on my heart space:
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
These scriptures put a check in my spirit and helped me to calm down. In the silence I was reminded of some things. God is for me. God knows about my deadlines. I can clearly recall the last time I was on a deadline. Oh yeah, it was mid-October. Yep, just last month. It was a pretty big one too. See, I had been in a particular situation for quite some time, actually since July. The deadline moved from July to August, then from August to September. Nothing. Then before I knew it October had come. Finally in October it stopped being a deadline and moved into the realm of being a threat. Just as there is nothing I can do in this current situation there was nothing I could do in the last crisis. My hands were tied. All that I could do was wait on God. He came through for me in an amazing way. When God came through the problem was immediately resolved and the weight was lifted. That situation and so many others before it showed me that I can trust God. He will come through and work things out on my behalf.
I know this to be true, God will come through for me. He will also come through for you. Whatever it is that you are waiting on God for believe that He won’t fail you or let you down. God will provide! Just as I was surprised at the unexpected sight of the woman getting out of the car bumping rap music God will surprise you. He will come through for you on what might appear to be an average Tuesday or Wednesday with an unexpected breakthrough.
Trust God! One move from God will move you from a state of apprehension to awe.
You will chuckle.