Friday, September 30, 2011

Friendly Friday: Carey Scott

Today's Friendly Friday comes from Carey Scott, another one of my fabulous She Speaks gals!

And it just so happens that I'm over at her blog today, too! A swap-a-rooney!

Carey Scott is an inspirational speaker and writer, honest about her walk with the Lord, stumbles, fumbles and all.  She loves to challenge women to be real and authentic. Through her blog - Let’s Get Real - she encourages women to stop living a mediocre, risk-free life and instead step onto the battlefield. She blogs about raising Godly kids on Tuesday at CWAHM, serves as the Wednesday host on Moms Together, and is on the speaking and writing team for LeadHer.  You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook. She and her husband live in Colorado with their two kids.

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Carey Scott

How Do You Wait When You're a Control Freak?


I’ve been writing about the concept of “waiting” more than usual lately.

That’s because I seem to be doing it. A lot.

These last 18 months have been one big wait-fest. And being one who might have a tiny control issue (emphasis mine), this isn’t pleasant.

Not for me. Not for my family.

Why is it that God’s timing and our timing never align? It seems like a no-brainer for Him to do something based on my timeline, rather than His.

How can I control things when I never know when the answers will come? Or what the answers even are?
At times, I wonder, Why even pray? He’s gonna do it His way anyway.

Anyone but me?

I’m so grateful that God has patience with me. He is so gracious to let me have my tantrums, question His strategy, and doubt His willingness to intervene on my behalf.

God knows that eventually, I’ll come around. Sisters, He’s proven Himself terribly faithful at every opportunity. And the bottom line is that I do know that God is in the details and that the waiting is all part of His plan.

Even this self-professed control freak knows God is ultimately in control. (And that is a good thing)
Sometimes, it just takes me a while to get there. And when I look back over the waiting period, I see how clever God is. I see the good it did me to wait. I see how many things needed to line up for His answer to emerge.

Then this verse comes back to mind:

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” - Romans 8:28

Waiting doesn’t indicate a lazy God. It doesn’t mean He’s busy with someone else. Never believe God is cheering on our controlling nature, hoping we’ll make it work ourselves.

Nope. He is always working things for our good.

Always.

So—we lay down our agenda and wait with confidence knowing that the Creator of the world is working on our behalf to bless us more than we can imagine.

Friends, where are you struggling to give control to God and wait on Him to move?

4 comments:

  1. Good post.

    I seem to have that bizarre combination of being impatient and wanting things to happen now and being lazy and if it doesn't I am not interested.

    Our ministry has been sort of put on hold for health type issues. I want to push this thing along but I have to wait on God to do His work in us. I feel like a waste. I feel like we should be doing something but we can't really do what we did before until He completes His healing.

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  2. Ramblingwithbarba... I totally hear you! Waiting is hard period, but it can be so frustrating with God asks us to wait in ministry... When we are doing something Kingdom focused! Letting Him tell us when and how only comes through patience and trust. Sounds like you're in a good place! Be blessed!

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  3. And lest we think that waiting on God is just about us...consider Psalm 46:10. If you're like me, you know the first half of that verse, but you probably don't know the second half, which tells us WHY we should "Be still and know...."

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  4. Jon G... great addition! You are right. It's not always about us. Thanks for bringing that to light!

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