You a Microwave or Crock Pot?
By Kimberly Chastain
our fast paced society we often want everything
done quickly or your boss wants it done yesterday.
In your spiritual life are you a Microwave or
Crock Pot? I think often we want God to answer
our prayers in Microwave fashion. I prayed a
specific request today and I want it answered
today. If our prayers are not answered quickly,
we often wonder, “What is God doing?” We
also decide to go it on our own and not wait
for God’s direction. Often it is difficult
to wait on God’s timing.
we are in Crock pot mode we pray and rest in
the knowledge that God’s timing is best.
Often, God may have to let several things simmer
in our life before he answers our prayer. Many
times in my life I have seen God’s handiwork
after the situation is over. If God had answered
my prayer the way I wanted him to, it would not
have gone well at all. God knows what is best
for us and when it is best for something to happen.
look at Scripture and see God works in Microwave
and Crock Pot mode. When Daniel was in the lion’s
den God worked immediately to shut the mouths
of the lions. I have to admit if I was Daniel
I would want to know why God didn’t act
before I got thrown in the lion’s den.
Daniel being thrown in the lion’s den was
used to reflect God’s glory and power.
God also works in Crock Pot mode. Do you remember
Joshua and the battle of Jericho? The people
of Israel were marching around a wall for 7 days.
Don’t you imagine they asked God, “Why?” During
that time Rahab was getting her family ready
to leave Jericho. Could it be that God took seven
days of marching around Jericho, to save one
woman and her family? Could it be that God took
that time for one woman who was faithful to God
in spite of her lifestyle, in spite of her whole
community being against God to show his glory?
Most of the Israelites did not know about Rahab,
but God did. In God’s perfect timing he
rescued the Israelites and Rahab, not in the
way the Israelites would have wanted. God gave
them victory in the battle in Crock pot mode.
I ask you are you in Microwave mode or Crock
Pot mode in your spiritual life? Please remember
God is always in control even when it feels everything
is out of control. Trust God’s timing and
know he only wants what is best for you.
About the Author
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping Christian women make
the most of their lives. She is the author of the on-line course, “I
Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working
Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from “I Can’t Say ‘No” Syndrome,
visit Kimberly’s site today for the details on an exciting email course
that’s sure to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.
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