Oswald Chambers wrote, “When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it, but wait.”
How very difficult that is for me. How very, very uncomfortable I find that blank space. I tend to act on impulse. I believe God is calling me to something, and instead of waiting and bathing it in prayer, I jump to it. Often, things do not go well when I respond this way.
I am beginning to understand that there is much to be learned in the blank space. I think God does some of His greatest work in my life when I sit still and wait for His timing.
We have a new lab and my son is in the process of teaching her to retrieve. She’s taking to it pretty well, but every now and then the puppy comes out in her, especially when there is the slightest distraction, like a leaf blowing!
When he first started her training, he would hold her collar and throw the object to be retrieved. She would start jumping and prancing around trying to break free and run after the object. She would wear herself slap out.
Over time, she has learned to sit still beside him until he gives her the command to retrieve. When the command is given, she retrieves the object, brings it back, and drops it at Sam’s feet. Chances are, because she obediently waits for his command, she will one day be a great retriever.
When the blank space comes, we have an opportunity to grow, to learn to walk in obedience relying on our Heavenly Father’s guidance and His timing. When we are ready, then He will accomplish great things in us and through us – all for His glory!
Have a great week!
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