So here it is. The first ever post on this brand new blog. How exciting! How thrilling! How….much I truly hate it. I mean it’s the first post. Right now, my friends and family are probably the only ones reading it. Well, and my husband…but let’s be honest, I have already read and reread this entire post to him about a million times. No matter who you are, thank you for stopping by for my introduction into the blog world. I am grateful for you.
Do you know how badly I want to already be settled into this blog?! I wish you were opening this website to hundreds of posts that represent my vision. But all you get, my lucky first time readers, is one. One little post where, if I took the traditional path, would most likely cover what this blog is all about.
But I am not going to do that. In time, you will see where I am going with this dream of mine. Of course, if you really want the 411, you can always just click right here.
No, I am going to dive right into it. Post one and all! It just so happens to concern everything I am currently feeling. Or lack there of...and that is patience.
Patience is a word that a lot of us are probably wrestling with right now. For some, it’s a more “in your face” type of patience. For others, it's just your day-to-day life. Maybe you are struggling with basic patience, like when you are sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic or waiting for the barista to finish your apple/kale/ginger juice at Whole Foods (doesn't everybody drink kale!?). It’s patience that you know you need to work on. It’s those moments where you realize that you are getting frustrated too easily. But overall, patience is just another everyday human struggle.
Then there are those who are struggling with the tough patience. The kind that really gets to you. Where you know deep in your heart that all you can do is throw up your hands and quote Carrie Underwood - "Jesus take the wheel."
Or, you could just sing the song on your drive home, blast it through your speakers, and try to hit that insanely high note. No judgement here.
I will admit that I am someone who likes to rush the steps. Instead of valuing the path God is taking me on, I want to arrive at the final destination before we get started. Instead, I should spend the time learning, laughing, and growing from the small moments He gives me while on each journey. But, far too often, I spend that time looking ahead to the next part, the next step.
I mean, can you blame me? I am a third grade teacher -- my job is to constantly be ten steps ahead of the twenty-three kids looking at me to provide them their entertainment (much less, education) each day. While that skill is useful in my job, its not the best to practice in my faith.
Just like with this blog. I want to already be up there with the "big shots." So I am trying (very hard) to slow down and patiently let God lead the way. I know what he has called me to do, and I know he will lead me in the right direction. His way will probably not be on my time schedule, but at some point, I will get there.
My prayer for you today, friends, is to trust God to lead you to whatever event, result, day, moment, or person that you are (im)patiently seeking. Try not to miss the "little" things that lead up to the "big" things because sometimes it's the small moments that make the biggest impact.
"There is a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time." - Ecclesiastes 3.1
- Taylor Ann