Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Long Way Around

My family likes to take day trips, although we don't do it very often now that life has gotten busier.   We would get up on a Saturday morning and decide where we wanted to go.  Sometimes it would be to the Omaha Zoo, a three hour drive up to Nebraska.  On the way up there, we would stick to the interstate and take the most direct route.  But on the way home, we would sometimes take back roads.  This would be a more scenic drive, but it would take longer to get home. Sometimes we just like to take the long way around.

The Israelites also took the long way around.  They spent 40 years on a journey from Egypt to Canaan, that should have only taken 11 days.  But they weren't wandering around because they wanted to see the views.  No, God had them take the long way around because of the condition of their hearts.  It took 40 years to prepare them to live in obedience to God once they arrived. 

My husband just recently assumed the role of pastor at the church we have been attending for 11 years.  Everything just seemed to happen so quickly, but really it was a long time coming.  You see, my husband has felt the call of God on his life for a long time. Several years ago, he began to pursue this calling.  We met with our pastor and talked to him about the possibilities.  My husband then began taking some classes to get credentialed through the Assemblies of God.   I was not excited about this at all.  I didn't marry a pastor and I didn't think I was called to be a pastor's wife.  My husband completed a few classes, but didn't pursue it anymore.  

It took 8 years to get from there to where we are now.  This time around, my heart is fully on board.  I have no doubt that this is what my husband is supposed to be doing.  Shortly after we made the decision to accept this role, my husband was praying and God revealed something to him.  God told my husband that He hadn't been waiting for him to be ready.  God had been waiting for me to be ready.   It was the condition of my heart that stood in the way.

Now I understand that sometimes God gives us a promise that takes a long time to be fulfilled.  God promised Abraham that he would have a son.  How long did he have to wait before Isaac was born?  And God told Abraham that the land of Canaan would belong to his descendants, but Israel was in Egypt for 400 years before they started towards that promise.  I understand that God's timing is different from ours.  But sometimes our promise is delayed due to us; the condition of our hearts.  God didn't intend for the Israelites to stay in the desert 40 years; that wasn't God's waiting period, it was theirs.

What about you?   Has God called you to something that has been delayed because of your stubbornness?   
Are you taking the long way around on your journey?

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:19-20
19.  My dear brothers, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20.  for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.


  1. I LOVE going for drives. Even if that is all we do is drive. Don't do it much anymore due to gas prices, but let's not go there! ;)

    God has a strong call on your lives. I can see over the past couple of years how He was preparing you. I am so excited to see everything fall into place and excited to see what is next.

    Checking the condition of our hearts....sometimes that is painful but always a must. I don't want to stop God's work because I am not where I am supposed to be. Thank you for this reminder.

  2. I pray God is making my heart right for my new journey, I want to be completley obedient to Him and let Him have His way in my life, I hope I don't stand in the way of what He has for me. Thank you for this sweet sister!

  3. How awesome that you got to this place. I am so excited to be working with you & Richard! I never want to be in a position that God has to wait on me because I'm being stubborn! I pray that I will always hear and be ready for whatever God has for me! I know I'm not always going to be 'there' but I will try!

  4. Yes, I am guilty of stubbornness. Sometimes I want something now when God says wait. Other times He wants me to do something now and I say wait. Then the times when my growth is delayed because I do not want to give up something or do something He wants...

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  5. I am stubborn on some fronts. I didn't think I had this trait until my hubby graciously pointed it out to me. I'm sure I get in the way of what He wants to do in me. I'm sure He wishes I'd just get out of the way!

  6. I've certainly been known to be stubborn when God places something on my heart, but in the end He always puts me where He intends me to be. Thankfully, those "long ways" come less and less as I walk closer to Him in my journey.

    I'll be praying for you and your husband in serving his calling.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. Your post is encouraging. I believe it is because of me more than anything. I don't like it as I know I have missed out on things but I am not the outgoing person I believe God wants me to be and I believe He is working on me to become more outgoing. Your post has talked to me. Thanks.

  8. We definitely get in the way of what God wants, but I see that there is a purpose for it too... He takes whatever time is needed to "ready" us for whatever He's calling us to. So, sometimes I think I'm in the way and then other times I think, that's just the time He planned it to take :) Great post!

  9. Gods timing is His timing. We need to learn not to question it and just to rest in the fact that He is preparing us for something so much bigger than we can understand!