Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
"For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you did not? "
This is convicting. The good in me is a product of Christ working through me. I am thankful to be humbled time and time again. I am thankful to be reminded that the Lord is on my side. I am thankful to be loved despite my self-righteousness.
"Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less." Tim Keller The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
The kindness of Christ is overwhelming to me. His timing. His word. His love for us. Tim Keller’s short essay drove me to supernatural thankfulness today for the patience of our savior. His words on a life of humility and faithfulness in light of the gospel are humbling to say the least. more thoughts on that later, I’m sure.
13Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises. 14Anyone who is sick should call the church’s elders. They should pray for and pour oil on the person in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will heal that person. And if the person has sinned, the sins will be forgiven. 16Confess your sins to each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.
On my last fall semester Day of Prayer, I am reminded of the privilege that it is to be allowed in conversation with the Lord. I am reminded that I get to be in relationship with love himself. I am reminded of the joy that I’ve experienced with the Covenant College community. I am reminded of the faithfulness of our savior in so many different season. I am reminded that waiting is worship. And I am reminded that prayer is powerful.