Slow and Steady Wins the Race
A few years ago I was picking up my son, Oakley, from football practice. As I walked across the practice field to where his team was huddled I could feel panic building. Nothing in particular was causing the fear but it was suddenly so real and I was unable to shake it. With every step it grew until finally I was frozen in place with anxiety. I just kept thinking, “Not now, not here!” Eventually it grew so intense that I ended up squatting down right there in the middle of the practice field trying to catch my breath. I was so mortified, but I couldn’t move!
Having suffered from anxiety for years I knew that it would not pass easily. I sent a silent prayer to God begging for help. I wish I could say with that prayer that the sky suddenly cleared, birds started singing, all anxiety miraculously vanished, I jumped up off the ground and my son and I went on our merry way. While I firmly believe that God is completely able to answer our prayers in this way, the fact of the matter is He sometimes doesn’t. What I do know is that somehow I was able to stand halfway up and signal to my son as I half-crawled, half-walked back to my car utterly defeated.
So many times I want the quick answer to prayer and feel that God doesn’t answer if I don’t get it that way. In reality, God did come through that day! It may not have been how I imagined but somehow I got up off that ground, got home and slowly recovered. There wasn’t a short cut and it didn’t happen overnight. But God was still faithful and still helped ME to do the work that needed to be done to heal.
God is no more involved in a miraculous recovery than he is in a slow, day by day, inch by inch process that leads to health. As I look back and see where I am now I know that I was not alone or abandoned on that field that day. God was fully there and faithfully answered my cry for help. Even if it didn’t come as swiftly and miraculously as I would have liked I can see his gentle hand assisting me through a very low time in my life. He allowed me to go through a healing process by daily and steadily leading me in the right direction over time. Don’t be discouraged or lose faith when help doesn’t miraculously fall out of the sky but rather be aware of the steps of progress God leads you through. He doesn’t always bring us OUT of our circumstances but many times leads us THROUGH them!
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
Was there ever a time when God lead you through a situation—slow and steady? Tell us about it in the comments section below. (And, share this story with the girls in your world! #BYmovement)
Jill Whitlow is married to Charlie, who pastors an incredible church in Ashburn, VA called The Community Church. She loves chasing around their four kids, and in her spare time she enjoys jogging, sipping Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes, and going to the movies (just to eat the popcorn)!