Has there ever been a time when you were ambitious enough to rush into a situation only to discover a severe consequence? I’ve done this many times, only to discover that there are consequences to doing things your own way. Continue to read as I share a story about learning patience and faith in God’s plan.
This blog post was written by Jen Schreiner. She is an emerging Christian author striving to win lives for Jesus. You can find Jen online through her blog, Instagram, and Facebook. You can learn more about Jen at the end of this post.
Learning Patience and faith in God’s plan
The Consequences of Rushing into Life’s Challenges
If it didn’t happen to me, I would not have believed it could happen. In a four-month span, I was in three separate car accidents.
And I hate to say it, but I kind of asked for it to happen. We know the phrase and use it quite often; “God works in mysterious ways.”
What we see as black and white, or as a choice “A” or choice “B”, God routinely shows us we are working within mindful boundaries.
He makes it a habit to answer our prayers outside of our frames of reference. He takes mystery, packaged up in our boxed limitations, and expands it into an unexplored reveal.
Seeking Divine Help in Moments of Desperation
When I prayed for God to help me. I was in desperate need of His help. My kids and the patients I help serve at the hospital left me in search of more patience.
It made being a mom and a nurse overwhelming as both work and home life collided. My reflection of God’s logic gave me comfort.
I believed He would give me endurance and peace of mind in my heart.
But what I didn’t know is He would grow my heart through lessons of experience.
If I had known ahead of time, I would not have signed up for these challenges. I am glad He never gave me that choice.
Lessons Learned Through Adversity
After my first accident, I sat in my car, embarrassed to admit, in a state of total loss of control. I remember banging my fists on the steering wheel, screaming in a fit of rage. Yes, this is not the person you would meet today.
The wisest man, Solomon, once spoke,
Desire without knowledge is not good — Whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.Proverbs 19:2 (ESV)
Rushing seems to be our way of life. It is quite the opposite of having or obtaining patience at any given moment.
In my first sixty seconds after my car accident, there was no count to five, or a deep breath of surrender, as I faced an out-of-my-control situation. I was angry and ugly. I reacted fast as I resisted patience and insisted on my own will.
Roughly three weeks later, I got my car back from the shop and one week later, I was in my second car accident. This time, I was better, but still remained frustrated. This time I didn’t have my adult-sized tantrum. Instead, I began to peel away the layers of having my way and honouring God’s word.
God tells us to take up His cross because His yoke is light (Matthew 11:29). Getting wrapped up in trying to maintain my identity and self-worth, I found moving with haste easy.
I relied on myself and removed Him from the equation. When I freely gave up my right to react as I desired, I gave into acquiring the desire to have patience.
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Embracing God’s Purpose
Isn’t it funny how much we want to change, but we want it on our terms? When we release situations, behaviours, and attitudes into God’s hands, His purpose arises.
So, when my third accident occurred which caused my black glossy passenger side door to be etched in silver paint and my side-view mirror to be ripped off by a very large truck, I thanked Jesus!
My motivation to speak out of anger transformed into having compassion for others.
Praise the Lord, for His willingness never to give up on me.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)