"Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God"
-- Psalm 46:10 (AMP)
I used to manage a doctor's office. As I walked through the waiting room, I observed that each patient had a different method of waiting.
Some people sat thumbing through the pages of a magazine. Other patients paced back and forth, unable to sit still. Some sat wringing their hands. After waiting only a short time, others gave up and left. Many came to the desk and complained that they had to wait.
This activity gives us an example of how we wait in most of our circumstances.
Right now, as I write this to you, I am in God's waiting room. I am waiting on some answers to prayers.
You may be sitting in his waiting room, too. As we submit our plans, requests and concerns to God in prayer, he asks us to take a seat and be still until the answers come.
It is difficult to wait for "The Great Physician" to answer a problem that is eating away at our minds and emotions. But, he asks us to be still and wait, because he is working on things that don't make sense to our human reasoning.
When our emotions take over, we don't always make good decisions. I think about the patients that left the doctor's office due to their impatience. What complications may have arisen because they wouldn't wait long enough to allow the doctor to treat their ailment?
To "let be and be still" doesn't mean that we never do anything. Being passive or lazy is not what God is referring to. He wants us to be still from worry. And to let be from taking matters into our own hands and utilizing wrong ways of handling them.
He is also teaching us patience. I believe the quicker we learn these things, the shorter our waiting time may be.
Our Heavenly Father has promised to take care of us. If we could understand God's timing, we could better cooperate with him. If we are going to walk in obedience to God and enjoy his blessings, we have to learn to let go of our timing and our ways and allow God to bring us something far greater than we could imagine, but in his time.
• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach, and nurse. Her new inspirational CD can be purchased by sending $12 to P.O. Box 532 Grayslake, IL. She can be contacted at Annetteebudzban@aol.com.