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Acts 1:6-7 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

Sometimes I get impatient. Ok, I get anxious and impatient a lot. Specifically when dealing with relationships. I want things to be fixed now. If not now, then I want to know when problems will be resolved. I want an end date. I want to give God a deadline. I struggle with allowing God to work out the timing. I frequently forget that His timing is always perfect. Always. Even when it seems to be taking too long. When it appears to be going nowhere, God is working out the details. I need to remember that.

When driving a commute, I would much rather take side roads and be zipping along at 35-40 miles an hour on a windy route that takes just as long as if I’d sat bumper to bumper on the straight freeway. That’s my nature. I want to be moving…somewhere. Even if it’s not really actually making up any time. I feel that way when waiting on God. I want to grab the wheel, get off at the next ramp and take my own meandering path to our destination. But you never know on the freeway where the traffic is going to “magically” dissipate, leaving miles of open road to speed along. In life, I never know when God will put all the proper pieces in order, removing obstacles and roadblocks to allow for smooth sailing. In the midst of relational troubles, especially when waiting on God’s timing, it’s easy to throw my hands up and say “Just forget them. It’s not worth my energy. I’m outta here”. Pausing to let the Lord’s work be done is like torture for me, but I know that ultimately a beneficial resolution will only come when I pray and wait for God’s perfect road clearing will to be completed. I just wish it wasn’t so difficult to do.

God, please help me to continue to wait on you. Allowing your work to be completed on my road of life. Please make clear my path and open the highway of my relationships for a smooth pleasant drive. Thanks God. I love you. Amen.

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