Thursday, June 10, 2010

Time keeps on slippin'

My husband has the most amazing gift.  He gives the best encouragement when you most need it.  He has this uncanny ability to pull the most perfect stories and sports analogies from thin air, and relate them to exactly your situation.  (Even when I'm standing there, with arms crossed, glaring up at all 6'1" handsome, of him, he gently perseveres. I love my man.) Recently, I was letting impatience take over my life.  I know. You're truly shocked aren't you?  Here you were, thinking I was just the most mellow, easy going, and patient person.  I'm sorry to have been the one to shatter that illusion, but I really need to tell you this story, so let's not dwell here.

Adrain told me that he once saw a huge clock.  You could see both the face of the clock, and if you walked around to the other side, you could also see the inner workings.  If you were standing on the side with the face, it seemed like nothing was happening for a full sixty seconds.  Then, "bong!" the giant minute hand would suddenly move.  However, if you were standing behind the scenes that whole time, you would have seen that there were hundreds of little parts, all moving and working together.
His point was, that often while we wait, and assume nothing is happening, there are actually millions of details being worked out behind the scenes on our behalf.  If all we're looking at is the face of the situation, it seems like an eternity of big, fat, nothingness.  Which is where faith comes in.  We need to take time (Get it? heh, heh. Time.) to relax and breathe. Take time to be still. 

I don't know about you, or what you're waiting on, but I was so encouraged that perhaps right this minute, is a good time for each of us to let go and simply trust.

To read on, about continuing to wait, click here.


25 comments:

  1. Excellent!! I so needed to hear this. God is working the details out and I just need to wait for his timing.
    Your husband sounds like he would be a great pastor.

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  2. Great analogy. He's so wise....

    I had a dream last night that I met you.....someday.

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  3. That is a pretty amazing analogy. I love it and can totally visualize it. Tell the hubs thanks! I love how Jules had a dream about you. That is so rad. I had a dream about Meg Duerksen last week. seriously, i did.

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  4. I love analogies, and this one is EXCELLENT! Way to go Adrian! Thanks for sharing so that this typically impatient girlie could be incouraged :-)

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  5. This could make me cry if I wasn't so tired. So instead I smiled and I am grateful. :) Thank you - that is a beautiful thought to go into today with.

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  6. LOVE that story, what a great lesson!

    Enjoy your day,

    Mikal

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  7. wow... he is great with analogies! love it!! :)

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  8. That IS good. It's really true little whipper snapper;) God is working even when we can't see what's goin' on!

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  9. Love it, and oh so true... It is hard to remember, but thank goodness for wise hubbys to remind us! :)

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  10. Love it! Thanks for sharing, definitely a blessing to me.

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  11. Thanks for sharing! I love that analogy!

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  12. He is a smart man! I love that analogy. That is something I will never forget :)

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  13. I love this post! Usually the waiting is the hardest part but yields the best results! :)

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  14. Me too, friend.

    But I sure wish that while I was on the side of the clock that just showed the time there would also be a little sign that said "don't worry, in about 13.7 seconds, this minute hand is about to move, and also you're not going to starve when you move to Colorado and you'll have a car to drive and your neighbors won't be axe murderers and your husband will love his job, k?"

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  15. that is such a great analogy! wow! i agree with sharon, your hubs should be a pastor. he's words are very encouraging.

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  16. That is a wonderful analogy; Thank you Adrain! :)

    This is one great lesson we have to keep learning over and over again- God is in control. Even if we don't feel it or see it, He is there working behind the scenes and it is all for His glory, we simply need to trust Him!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Warm Regards,
    Nicole

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  17. Once again, you have giving all your readers some great food for thought. You have a super awesome hubs!!!

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  18. Wow. This is just what I needed to read today. Thank you for sharing, and thank that man of yours for being so smart ;)

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  19. Such a wise man!! I LOVE that analogy! if I ever use it ... credit will be given where it is due! =)

    hey I found a book the other day in Walgreens ~ hello? ~ It had a brown cover and a lemon cut out of the cover ~ It said God always has a plan B. I didn't have time to browse it.. but I am guessing it has something to do with when we feel like we have been handed lemons... God's plan B is lemonade... I am guessing here! Anyway ~ it made me think of you ~ for two reasons ~ the lemons =) duh? and the Waiting on God's Plan B. interesting. huh. =)

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  20. couldn't have been said better...absolutely perfect!

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  21. In October of 2006 we turned down what at first appeared to be a "dream job" for Darin but God clearly led us in that direction. Remember that? In December 2006 Darin graduated. And it took until April of 2008 for Darin to finally get a job in camping ministry. And along the way we had so many crazy ups and downs, so many tears, so many nights of me wondering how in the world I was going to balance the mom thing and the job thing anymore, questioning God in turning down that job. But looking back, God was working. We couldn't see it, you're right. He could all along. And the story is amazing from this end of it.

    It will be for you too friend.

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  22. I've been up since 3;30 am because I can't sleep, I have a headache when I lay down and seem to have developed restless leg syndrome. It did occur to me that this is all stress induced. Part of it may be pregnancy induced.

    Patience and trust... can you pass me some?

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  23. I'm excited to hear about what adventures God sends you on!! And impressed with all the growing you've been doing this past year (plus)!!
    It's sort of refreshing to hear you admit that you and I share a ability to wait, impatiently. It's a great analogy, I'll think of it the next time I'm being impatient.

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  24. Your husband sounds like he would be a great pastor.
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