Oh No She Didn't!
by Erin Olson on February 2nd, 2012

Oh yes I did. I didn't get reprimanded right away or even notice any life-changing events, but I really should have been smacked in the head right away.

Because of God's grace, my immature, naive and arrogant (these are all words I am using to describe myself) behavior was tolerated at that moment (at least that is what I thought anyway) and wasn't completely brought to light for almost five years.

Almost a year ago, I was in the middle of recruiting friends to join my small group project for one of my seminary classes. I sent out a whole bunch of requests, but one response stood out the most. It said, "I would love to join you, but I don't have time because of work. Hopefully when I retire, I'll have more time for this kind of thing." This was one of many "no" responses that day so I was feeling a little glum and this email completely rubbed me the wrong way.
"What kind of "thing" is she talking about," I mumbled to myself. "Is she saying she doesn't have time for God? How ridiculous is that?"

And right then, there it was. That still, small voice in my head. It said, "Hmmmm...I think I've heard something like that before. Do you have any idea who I could be talking about?" "Yes," I said, "All the other people who have told me "no" today."

"Uh, no, not exactly," that still, small voice said. And then, as clear as day, an image popped into my head. It was me with a toddler on my hip spouting on about how God would have to be patient with me since my children flat out refused to go into the church nursery. "God will just have to be patient and wait for us," I said. Snap! Snap!

Maybe it should have been SLAP! SLAP!

Who in the world did I think I was and what in the world was I thinking? Me, little 'ol me, telling God, the creator of all the universe, controller of everything, to be patient. Did I think I was the boss of him? Clearly, I did.

God really is a patient and loving God, but I can almost see his hand raising to his head saying, "I am fed up to here with her nonsense." And most often, he should be.

God waits for us to come to Him. He tells us to knock, seek and find - the perfect picture of patience. I do not know whether I will have tomorrow or the next day, or even the next five minutes for that matter. God is patient and loving, but there is no indication anywhere that he will wait for us indefinitely.

Have you asked Him to wait lately?

"Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)


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3 Comments

Guy - February 3rd, 2012 at 9:04 AM
Just love your sense of humor - and the way you can so effectively get the message across!
DONT STOP - He's got much for you to share with all of us!!!!
Spenser - February 11th, 2012 at 9:19 PM
Ha Ha Ha
Rebecca - February 15th, 2012 at 1:45 PM
Wow. Talk about being hit in the spiritual gut! My prayer at the New Year has literally been that the Holy Spirit nudge me even harder and that I dispose of the excuses that hindered me from being completely available to be used by God in ministering to His children. Whether it be cooking a meal and taking it over to a new mother, opening our house up to someone that needed shelter, counseling families, calling someone just to let them know that God loves them and so do I, and so on and on. I think sometimes as the body of Christ we think--"well, I go to church, I am very involved in a ministry at church, I make charitable donations and pray for others...isn't that enough?" No, it is not enough! We say "Send me Lord" but then place conditions on our willingness to be doer of God's Word! Serving God and making time for spiritual growth has to fit within our schedules. We can become so preoccupied with the numerous blessings in our life such as work, kids, spouse, etc., that we lose sight of the bigger picture for our lives. The picture painted by our Creator. Let's not get so focused on attending to the "blessings" that we neglect the One who has so graciously blessed us!
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