So the sun remained still
and the moon stood in place
until the nation settled their score with their enemies.
This is recorded, is it not, in the book of Jashar?
The sun stood in place
in the middle of the sky
and seemed not to be in a hurry
to set for nearly an entire day.
~Joshua 10:13 International Standard Version (ISV)
There are days when it feels like it is impossible to accept the status quo. When I feel like I’ve waited long enough to do something significant. I am ready to move on, but God evidently isn’t ready for me to take my next steps. Since He knows best, I’m obeying. Even in my grumbling, He guides me. He places a hand on my shoulder and says, “Wait.” Everything is in progress and now is just not the time.
As frustrating as that is, I know that my tendency is to act quickly and then realize that I needed just a little bit more time to be prepared for what happens next. I think this comes from wanting to strike first so that I at least know when the next hit is coming. But this “proactive” nature can sometimes fail us. I’m all for being prepared, but sometimes we really have to wait for God to finish His work on something or someone else before He is ready to put us together with the next step on our path. If we go ahead without Him, we run the same risks as we would if we simply went back to where we were before we let Him heal us. Yes, sometimes life is painful. But in that pain, we often find our greatest strengths. So, we need to let Him do His work first. He’ll let you know when He wants your input.
Today, He placed a few things on my heart. I had to get it written out before it disappeared, so I decided to share it with you here. I hope you enjoy this poem.
Have a blessed day!
The Days When Nothing Has Changed
By Rebecca Benston 8/3/18
Reflecting on the life I’ve been privileged to live
Wondering if I’ve ever given all that I’ve been supposed to give
So focused on what wasn’t happening that I was thrown by the passage of time
Knowing that yesterday would never return and tomorrow was passing me by
Undoubtedly, I’ve lived a blessed life
Only slightly encumbered by pain
I’ve learned that the things we must cherish
Are the days when it seems nothing has changed.
The days when we deal with sick children
The days when we fight to pay bills
The days when we look forward to leaving where we are
The days we refuse to stand still
The days when we think nothing is happening
Or days when it seems everything is so wrong
No matter how awful those days seem to get
They really don’t linger for long
We’re just trying to get to a place where
When we wake up each morning, we smile
Knowing God made our dreams a reality
And we’re in a good place for a while.
My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
I also have a blog called Leading the Follower. This one is my favorite. I write about religion, faith, spirituality and all that goes along with it. What we believe, what we don’t believe, what we are told to believe and how society feels about believing in general. I do a lot of testifying here and some of what I say may make you angry. Most of it will make you think. Some of it will make you cry. Any of it could make you laugh. It’s really up to you.
If you are looking for practical advice, honest conversation, and no nonsense observations about living in today’s world, check out my blogs at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com and http://www.ronashively.wordpress.com and http://www.highergroundforlife.wordpress.com and http://www.leadingthefollower.wordpress.com. And if you’re so inclined, you can purchase my books and some other great, inspirational works from Higher Ground Books & Media at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com.