Be patient

We live in a fast paced world. All the advertisements that we see day to day tell us that we can do things faster and cheaper. We can expect to have anything that we want just as fast as we can think it. With all this speed we tend to pack more things on ourselves because we can accomplish more. This can lead to a very big problem and I know that it has in my case. I cannot seem to get things fast enough. A day to me seems like a week in my mind, which isn’t good when your trying to be patient. God is great and all powerful but in my experience He tends to do the greatest miracles over a long period of time. Imagine if He answered our prayers when and how we wanted them. Do you think that the miracle would be as great? Let’s take a look at a scenario real quick that has happened to me and tell me if you see a difference. I have wanted to have a successful honey bee business for around 4 years now but have hit many a road blocks. I’m a person that if I want something bad enough then that’s where all my focus goes. Head first all the way even if there’s a boulder in the way. If God had answered my prayer the way that I wanted, I would have purchased more bee hives than I could handle. I would have lost them all to disease or neglect for the lack of knowledge wasn’t there. I lost the first batch of bees because I had taken a horrible spill, tearing my calf muscle, hamstring, and tore two tendons in my shoulder. OUCH! This was incredibly painful and was unable to tend to my bees. I submitted my plans to God this time and things have turned out way different. I met a guy online that was selling nuc boxes, which are small hives for a very reasonable price so I purchased a few. After meeting this man we had a great conversation about God and church. I told him of my long term plan for purchasing bees and he wanted to help. He fronted me 800.00 worth of bees and told me, “pay me when you can”. I payed him back about a month later and we have been friends ever since. A long while after a couple of really nice honey extractions for extra money I received a huge blessing. I hadn’t worked for a little over 2 months because my heart wasn’t working well and was making me extremely tired and short of breath. My boss, mentor, and really good friend had showered me with a huge gift. God had impressed him to purchase all the equipment needed for a successful small business! I’m not sure of the exact amount because the purchasing isn’t finished yet but it involves a flatbed bee truck, forklift and trailer. I was totally pumped just to receive all of the boxes, lids and frames, over 250 of them! He didn’t tell me they were for me at first, I just kept asking if I could buy some of them from him. I got into my vehicle and cried so long and hard knowing that God would bless a wretch like me. So undeserving of God’s grace and love and yet He still blesses me. This story is still ongoing and yet to finish. People are coming out of the woodworks being sent by God to bless this bee business and my families life. This story is all about waiting and patience through prayer. Submit your plans to God and He will formulate the best avenue for you. Don’t force or rush, take the time and wait, in God’s time He will fill up your plate. He cares deeply for you and all yours plans, submit them to Him placing them in His mighty hands. Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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