Wednesday, October 17, 2012
In my quest to figure out my relationship with my higher power (that somehow deep inside I still believe is God and Christ) I’ve decided that I am going to do something I’ve been “too busy” to do for a very long time: read. Sad, yes? I know I should probably start with the Bible but for now I’m going to start with faith based texts.
What does this have to do with impatience? Well, in my reading this morning one of the verses being discussed was “When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.” The part that struck a chord with me was that for SIX days Moses sat, waiting for the Lord to speak. He wasn’t up there laid out by a pool at the Marriott. He was alone on a rugged mountain. I don’t know about you but if God told me to go wait for Him on a mountain and He didn’t show up within a day (heck, within a few hours) I’d have probably gone back down the mountain. I don’t even like to wait a few hours to see the doctor!
But Moses waited. He was patient. He trusted that the God that had called him to that mountain was going to come to him – and He did. So many times I stumble on that dratted wrinkle of impatience. I want to loose this weight and I want to loose it NOW. I suppose that makes my kind of like the Israelites who gave up on waiting for Moses and went about building a new “god” to worship (the golden calf). How many of us who have struggled for a long time with our weight have given up on a particular plan or program or fad diet because it was taking too long? We just move on to the NEXT new fad rather than patiently trusting that if we stick with it we will eventually find success.
Here’s an important exception: some of those fad diets or programs can be very dangerous to our health and it’s good that we move beyond those to a safe plan to become healthy. Sparkpeople is a great example of a safe plan. Does it work over night? Not hardly. I have to be patient and keep being faithful to a plan that I know will work – but only if I work it.
Moses trusted God and God showed up. I want to be like Moses in both my physical life and my spiritual life. Here’s to ironing out the wrinkle of impatience and safely walking the path to my new self.