Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Becoming Calm And Submissive Goes For Humans Also
Our puppy Jack anticipates his play times through out the day. In the mornings when I rise, he knows that soon he will get to play with his football, but every morning before our play my husband and I have coffee together before he goes off to work. Jack does not like my coffee time with hubby, he whines and is very impatient. He will climb on my leg, look up at me and then eye the place where he knows we keep his football. If I get up and move around he is right at my heels impatiently whining. I spoke to him the other morning and said, "Jack you know how all this works, that when you become calm and submissive then I will play with you but until then you are going to have to wait and be patient." Yes.. I do talk to my dog that way but I'm not sure if he really understands me, it seems like he does sometimes, and when that happens it's pretty amazing! It usually isn't very long that if I continue with my business and ignore him that he will eventually surrender and lay down but not before he lets me know just how frustrated he is as he lets out a long and loud errrrrrrrr......"sigh." You know the sound Snoopy makes on the Charlie Brown cartoons when he gets frustrated. When Jack has been in his calm submissive state for a while that is when I will arise get his football and the fun begins.
That particular morning when those words came out of my mouth: "That when you become calm and submissive Jack then we will play" it was as if the Holy Spirit spoke in to my spirit and said, "This is what I am waiting on when it comes to you. A lot of times we can be just like Jack, we whine, we get impatient, we fret, beg and plead when we want something. But God is saying "be still, be at peace and stop being so impatient and rest my child and wait on me." "I am here and I hear your cries and I care very deeply and want to give you the desires of your heart but you must learn to be patient, calm and wait." You know the verse, "Be still and know that I Am God." God does long to move on our behalf in His own time and in His own way, if we would just be patient and learn of Him. When we are running around like a crazed chicken, God does have a way of getting our attention, if we would just stop long enough to listen and hear Him say "be still and get your eyes back on me." Sadly, we ignore His voice sometimes and settle in our mind that we will do things our way which eventually leaves us feeling frustrated and stressed, which is really the opposite of faith.
What is the purpose, you might ask, for such a lesson in being calm and submissive? Simply, I would say that it's a lesson in obedience and reverence to God. Trusting Him to do what He wills for us in His own time. His Word says that His plans for us are for our good and not our harm and to give us a hope and a future, and that we are going to be taken care of no matter what. We have so much to gain by not fretting and worrying whether God is listening to us or not. Peace is one thing to gain, which is huge! Know my friend, without doubt that God is listening and that He sees and cares. Know this, That the Word says, "That if we delight ourselves in the Lord He will give us the desires of our heart." But before God gives us the desires of our heart, we should ask ourselves this question: "Are we delighting ourselves in Him or are we just expecting Him to delight Himself in us"? For the Word says to delight "yourself" in the Lord "and" He will give you the desires of your heart.
Is there any harm in God teaching us a little bit of patience, respect and honor when waiting on Him, after all He is our Heavenly Father, our Creator and worthy of our reverence and honor. Be honest, is not this a good character building lesson for all of us to learn? Just look at the world around us, there is so much dishonor and disrespect for others. One example I can think of is the protests that have been taking place at the funerals of soldiers. This is blatant dishonor of the soldiers and their families who have died in battle. All this under the guise of free speech, how sad it is! This is only one example, I can think of so many more but they would be too numerous to list.
What about when it comes to our Heavenly Father? Haven't we all demanded things of God, throwing our temper-tantrums and sighs of frustration, when we don't agree or have questions and are not getting from Him exactly what we think we should have, oh, and in the timely matter we expect? As if the Creator of the heavens and earth is working the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant for our convenience. Be honest now.. I will admit that I have. But does God hold this against us? I don't think so, He's a great and awesome God who knows our weaknesses and He loves us unconditionally despite them. His mercy and grace are always more than sufficient for us. If I don't hold it against my puppy why would God hold it against me. He loves us more than all of His creation. Remember this, just because God doesn't hold our impatience toward Him against us, that doesn't mean that He won't use it as a lesson in teaching us something, and sometimes the lessons can be tough ones to learn and endure. When the flesh starts screaming the best thing to do and to do quickly is to "Be still and know that He is God" and remember that He is in the midst and that He hears and does care for us!