This year my read-through-the-Bible plan is from the New Living Translation. My Proverb this morning was:
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall. (Prov. 16:32-33)
Nancy and I are in a season of life with more than usual areas which require our attention. I considered listing the things we think about and generally act on on a daily basis, but I decided to not do that to keep the length of this post reasonable and not overwhelm you. However, let me give you a sampling of what I’m talking about by listing something from each of the states/countries that almost daily draw our energy.
Washington – preparing to move from here in a week and a half by driving our two cars across the US
Pennsylvania – transforming an old church into our new home
Missouri – Nancy travels there today to teach at a VBS program for the rest of the week
Colorado – I am dealing with a number of issues relating to rental properties there
Malawi – I desire to help an effort to provide leadership training to several dozen mostly Muslim tribal chiefs
Botswana – our daughter and family are expecting their second child in a few months
With so much happening, I am tempted to “power-through.” I would like to have more control and make things happen according to a comfortable time-table. For example, I would like to know who is eventually going to buy our house and persuade them to do it now!
However, I believe it is better to be patient than powerful. I believe it is better to trust Almighty God and wait for his timing than to push forward with my meager strength. Sometimes it feels like we are stepping into risky territory, but, as long as we continue to look to the Lord, we will be safe!