Short-Cuts Vs God's Wants
To those who have taken the time to read this post, thank you. This is my first time trying this thing so bare with me.
Have you ever been on a road trip and while it seemed like you would never get out of the mounds of traffic the miraculously happens, your GPS recalculates finding you a short cut to by-pass all the madness? I've been there, and let me tell you, there's no greater feeling on earth to avoid all the mess and headache! Just today, I was driving on my way home from my parent's house and I was approaching a very busy four-way intersection that had a loonnnng line of cars waiting to make a right turn (and of course that was the lane I had to use). Looking ahead I prepare myself to wait, so I slowed down and came to a complete stop behind the car in front of me. Neatly tucked away to the right of me, there was an abandoned parking lot where an old bank use to be, and the road from the abandoned parking lot cut through the traffic lanes and brought you out to the main road, by-passing the long line I was currently in. The thought never crossed my mind to turn and cut my way through, but as I looked in my rear-view, I saw the car directly behind me turn into the abandoned lot, and he proceeded to cut across to the other side. Not giving it much thought, I looked ahead and simultaneously the light turned green. When I finally made my right turn at the light, I looked ahead and saw the car that was behind me merging into traffic. I then thought to myself, he did all of that just for both of us to end up meeting at the same destination..was the short-cut really worth it?
As I pondered on this, I reflected on how many times I tried to take a "short cut" with God. In my own little mind, I thought I could single handily "speed up" God's process. Trying to by-pass the waiting period. What I have found in my own experience is when I have this mentality towards God, I end up right back where I started, because there's a lesson God wants me to learn and until I learn that, I continue to make U-turns. That waiting period is meant to shape and mold me, to not trust in my own abilities, but to totally lean on God. Though easier said than done, God is teaching me to wait on Him.
Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings of Eagles, they shall run and not be weary."
Short-cuts will delay what God wants.