Monday, July 28, 2008

Caution Wet Floor


This sign has been in my intended path when I've been late for a doctor's appointment. Or I've had "ideas" that I was going to "run into the mall" for "just a quick second" to grab something only to come across a very leisurely maintenance man mopping down the floor in front of the store I needed to go into.

Now keep in mind, there have been plenty of times when I wasn't in a hurry that I've seen this sign and it hasn't phased me one bit. I smile and re-direct my course. No problemo.

I'm talking about the other times. When I need to be somewhere. When I have things to do. When I have a plan in my head that has to be carried out.

It's those times that I don't like this sign. What do you mean I can't go there?! What do you mean I have to wait?!

I saw one of these signs the other day. It was folded and tucked into a corner. I was free to roam. I don't know why it even caught my eye, but it did.

As I stared at that sign I realized a few things. First, the sign in itself was not a bad thing. Second, the people that put up the sign weren't out to get me. They were actually keeping me safe. Wet floors ARE slippery. People slip and fall all the time. It ain't pretty. And it sure is painful.

So how come when I'm in a hurry I'm not grateful to see that sign? Hmmm maybe when I'm in a hurry I'm like a two-year old that just wants what she wants when she wants it.

There are things I pray about/for that I'm kinda in a hurry to see answered in the way that I want 'em to be answered. All I see is "Caution Wet Floor" in front of me.

I get irritated. AT GOD. It's so silly.
He puts boundaries in my life to keep me safe yet I don't see a protective hand. To my limited vision I see a "mean" limitation. I start to whine.

He keeps reminding me that He has work I know nothing about. He keeps reminding me that the places I want to go and things I want to do need to prepared and readied for me. I need to be prepared and readied for them.

He reminds me to remember His heart towards me when He says, "No." Or not yet. Or maybe.

I'm sure you know what's coming,

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us.

But wait, there's more. Look at the whole thought:

This is what the Lord says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity.
I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

I know He's talking to the children of Israel specifically here. But we can learn the Heart of the Lord from this passage. Don't miss His heart that says to us:

•I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise (that Jesus is coming back for us).

•I know the plans I have for you (in my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you).

•You call upon me and pray (I'm listening-pray without ceasing)

•You will seek me and find me (Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you).

•I will bring you back from captivity (For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death).

•I will gather you from the places I banished you and bring you back (He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name; Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer {any} sea).

Lord, I pray that my heart would be fully submitted to You. Help me trust that You have my very best in mind. May I never rush around the boundaries You've placed in my life. May I wait and trust in You to open the doors I should walk through. May I patiently sit in places You've provided. Thank You for the precious thoughts You have towards me. Tilt my face towards You and grow gratefulness in my heart. Amen.

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