Hurry Up And Wait
I took myself to brunch after church this past Sunday and once I arrived at the restaurant, I was told there was a 45min wait. I know that normally if you are by yourself, you could just walk up to the bar and eat but the hostess quickly informed me that even the bar area had a ‘wait.’ Standing there for about 2 seconds longer than I needed to, I wanted to leave. Yes, I was hungry but not starving, the motivation was more towards the fact that the wait seemed unbearable. So without thinking any further, I decided to take a seat and wait it out. After only 15mins of waiting, my name was called and I jumped up! I quickly grabbed my purse and put an extra ‘pep in my step’ just in case he changed his mind! Hahahha! I placed my order and my food came quick, not to mention, it was also very good and tasty. I took my time eating and thinking to myself how I’m growing in the area of patience. I almost made an emotional decision that would have made the wait longer. I have been doing this a lot lately and that is, waiting beyond my comfort and praying to God to help me while I wait. Exercising my faith in waiting has been a great challenge for me as I watch areas of my life unfold totally opposite of “my” timeline. In the mist of waiting, God has the ability to change every situation as quickly as he wants to because the laws of man do not define HIM. Your life can change in a blink of an eye and I can testify to that. But I thought about the result of me waiting and how much I will enjoy the reward after I have waited. This wait was a test of obedience and patience. My willingness to wait resulted in me not waiting as long as I thought and my food was worth that 15mins. God made the 30 min difference and expedited my request…not because I asked, but because I waited.
My Prayer: God, you KNOW our beginning, our end and everything in between. Anxiety is never worth the stress of worrying about situations we cannot control. Help us to desire letting you LEAD and relinquish control. Build areas of weakness into strength. Build our trust and faith in your PLAN. Help us to not grow WEARY in well doing while we WAIT. Let the PEACE of Christ rule in our hearts and keep us! God I will trust in you and your timing, not my own! AMEN!
xoxo Chiccy Baritone
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You always knew who the ‘new’ Engineering majors were on campus because they all were carrying these T-squares. One of the classes that every Engineering major had to take was called,”Mechanical Drawing”. This was BEFORE AutoCAD, which is the program used to do all of your drawings electronically. We learned, by hand, how to draw out our schematics which many new engineers have no clue about because its not a method that is used in the industry, thanks to advanced technology to do it quicker through this software program.
I was one of those students. And this class, I feel, was a way of challenging my ability to see things in multiple dimensions (2D, 3D) and being able to draw it to scale with your T-square. If a 1 dimension box is drawn, could you draw that same box in 2 or 3 dimensions? So needless to say, many students who were discouraged by understanding this technique either dropped out of the class or the program..
This ability to see beyond what is in front of me is very symbolic of how I handle issues in my life whether personally, professionally on my job or in my business Chiccy Baritone. I have also tried to incorporate the ‘pause’ method as well which simply is to think about other ways to view something verses only seeing it the way “I” see it. If I am looking for a solution, then I must look at all of the pieces, good and bad, to understand how they all are working for my good (Romans 8:28). There are rich lessons of life through triumph AND pain.
So what do you SEE and what are you LOOKING for?
It comes down to ‘natural’ and ‘spiritual’…One is with the physical eye and the other is with the inner spirit (or spiritual eye). Both are feeding what you believe and feel. FAITH is that change agent that motivates the outcome that you desire. It’s with the power of your FAITH that you will see God in it all. He has a way of carrying you through this journey of life by orchestrating every good and bad piece…and making something BEAUTIFUL!
So can you SEE that its not just a box? It has sides on the left and right and a back side as well…its not small but it has DEPTH to it and can HOLD many things…to some, if you are only looking in the FRONT, you will never know that it has other DIMENSIONS! ***Whew….God, I thank you!!!***
Don’t just look…but LOOK….there’s more….
Xoxo Chiccy Baritone
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We are all CUSTOM MADE and created to express ourselves in our own unique, special kind of a way. God is a God that is Intentional and no one was made without a PURPOSE! Believe that! So I want to challenge you to ‘Express Yourself’ without hesitation or fear….you could be the reason someone decides to try again…live again…and believe in themselves again…and God desires that out of us! 1 Peter 4:10 says,“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”…..AMEN!
I dedicate this poem to you….
Nothing that looks the same is the same…because there are variations that the naked eye can’t even detect.
And yes, there are examples in the earth that are considered “custom”, one of a kind, specially made
According to the request of an individual and there is reference to that customary item so duplication
Is always possible making it only “custom” for an unknown period of time.
People pay lots of money to be different, to have the first of something because it sets them apart from the rest.
The definition of being custom made unfortunately is attached to “things” instead of a “person,”
which comes with a temporary feeling, one that will vanish over time and keep you on a chase that never ends.
Well, dear madam and dear sir, I came to educate (Hosea 4:6), inspire and expose some good news of a little known “custom” fact…
God made YOU custom!
And if you never acquire a custom “thing” you will always be special and more than enough.
You are the prototype of a matchless God who controls the earth and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1).
Crafted and created with spiritual and physical gifts for the equipping of the saints and for the people in the world who don’t know HIM, but you know HIM…
So go…be a beacon of light with your life (Matt. 5:16)
And when you speak, speak life and not death, choosing your words wisely because words can hurt or heal (Prov 18:21).
Don’t make decisions that you have not prayed about,
Watch the company you keep, and do not be misled because bad company can corrupt good character (1 Cor 15:33).
Honor your father and mother (Deu.5:16) so that you may live long and that it may go well with you
In the land the LORD your God is giving you.
And it’s okay to be different, not conforming to what you see in the world, because when your “custom made” you won’t fit.
Making it challenging at times but the reward for being a chosen generation, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), An ambassador for King Jesus is eternal life!
So with that in mind…be who God made you to be, on this life discovery journey.
Carry the torch of leadership and representing your parents and your generation.
And don’t confine yourself to a pattern with man made dimensions
Because in the eyes of God you are “perfect”, you are incomparable, you are unique and most importantly you are
© Copyright 2010 Charlene Evans
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