The devotion below is one I write in 2012, but I thought it was appropriate for the recent holiday…plus, it always helps lift me up 🙂
Yesterday, God and I were really not having an awesome relationship. I was in a cloudy mood and having rude and unhappy thoughts. It continued to build throughout the morning and early afternoon, to the point where I pulled up my e-mail to compose a message to everyone that I wasn’t going to be doing the devotions anymore. Literally, before I could even type one letter, someone came up and asked me to help a customer with the coin machine. So, I go over there and the lady had 3 buckets of pennies. It was like $80 in pennies! So, of course I was over there with her for a while, so I asked her what they were for. She said her church was having Vacation Bible School this week, and they were having a penny war. It brought up a lot of memories for me. When I was in high school, I was the music teacher each year for VBS at my aunt’s church; and, later through college I was the assistant director over VBS. And, every year, it would be the weekend before we started, and I would be at the church from like 8am to after midnight working on set-up…I always had the same thought “Why do I keep signing up to do this?” But, come Monday morning, when all the kids were lining up for registration, all the time and work that went into it, is completely insignificant. I wasn’t looking at the end result…just how exhausted I was at that one point in time.
And then, as I’m still thinking about VBS, I remembered this song we used to always sing when I was growing up and attending VBS:
“He’s still working on me,
To make me what I ought to be,
It took him just a week to make the moon and the stars,
The sun, and the Earth, and Jupiter and Mars,
How loving and patient he must be,
Cause he’s still working on me”
Then, I got it… He was reminding me to be patient. God is never finished with you…He’s working on you your whole life….using you in different ways for different reasons. If there is one lesson that stands out in life it is that good things take time to come. Nothing worthy ever happens quickly. I read a quote last night that stated, “When God wants to make a squash, He takes six months. When He wants to make an Oak tree, He takes twenty years. Which do you want to be?”
There are some people who come and go, like fireworks on the Fourth of July. A big bang, a pretty splash, lots of ooohs and aaahs — and then nothing. Nothing but the same dark sky that was there before they popped. And then there are the others; those bright-light souls that are not really noticed by most people at all, simply because they are always there like the sun in the daytime or the moon and stars at night. Just there, doing what God ordained them to do — shining.
I’ll take steady over quick every time. I’ll take shine over flash, as well. God give me grace to bring forth fruit with patience. Prove that I’m built for the long haul!
Jesus is the unhurried Savior. He’s working on a truly great masterpiece that will be displayed in glory. That masterpiece is me. For my part then, I need to be an unhurried soul; keep an honest and good heart into which I may hear His word and treasure it; and then bring forth fruit with patience all the days of my life.
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15