I admit it, one of my faults is getting upset when things don’t happen on my timetable. I don’t like things up in the air in my life, I want closure to problems and I want a resolution to uncertainty to happen really quick.
This week has been a week that was full of uncertainty in my life. Between a health problem I’m going through and work issues it just all seemed to pile up on me this week. I’m having a quiet time each day and asking God for some pretty specific things…and nothing is happening. Last night it dawned on me that once again I’m expecting everything to be wrapped up to a nice conclusion but I want it on my terms. I forgot that God uses these times in our lives to grow and stretch our faith. I just hate waiting and want a quick resolution.
What a great lesson God showed me this week for helping students deal with problems. During the waiting God is going to see what we do. Do you worry or do you worship? Does your faith wain or do you grow stronger in your faith? And more importantly are you taking the time to learn the lesson that God is showing you?
When you use your personal experiences when dealing with students in a crisis you are far more powerful and helpful to them when you can relate your own life lesson that you went through. God never, ever wastes a hurt. The temporary pain and discomfort you feel today will help some one else in the future. Don’t be in such a hurry that you miss the lesson that one day will greatly aid someone else.