Waiting is Part of It
A while ago, I experienced a reconciliation with someone who hurt me deeply. After our interaction was over, I smiled and thanked God for giving me the gift of healing. I gave Him the glory and said, “You did this, God!” And, immediately, I heard His response in my head: “But you LET me.” Then it hit me: God did it, but it couldn’t be completed until I surrendered and let His way become my way. He is gracious and gentle because He modeled forgiveness to me, but that only goes so far until I take the conscious step to choose His way over my own. I think it’s nothing short of extraordinary that God has painstakingly worked on this lesson in my heart for decades. I pray I can remember the waiting is as much a part of the change as the end result.
“I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.” (Psalm 119:30 NIV)