I am not noted for waiting well. Waiting is not my forte. I’m always in a hurry to get where I am going, to accomplish what I set out to do for that day.

I speak fast, I walk fast, I think fast. I’m unto the next thing before you know it.

Take  the supermarket, I look for the shortest check out queue. All excited I’m nearly there. Great! I will have time to get to the next thing on my To Do List for that day before I get home. Everything will be done as planned. Then it all falls apart! The cashiers are changing station. Someone else is taking over, the cash has to be sorted, the verbal interchange during take over. The queue which I thought was the shortest, inevitably got held up. You’ve been there, haven’t you?

How about catching public transport? At the bus station if you don’t take the right bus, the one you get on will take you somewhere you don’t want to go. So I have to wait for the right bus as I don’t  have the time nor the inclination to go elsewhere. Didn’t I tell you I’m not good at waiting?

So how about waiting on God?

During my quiet time my brain is already thinking of all the things I need to do that day, this doesn’t happen often, but when it does, there goes my fellowship time with Him. I then have to tell Him I’m sorry, I’ll do better next time.

I have this big decision to make. A life-changing one and I keep praying about it but have I really been listening to God on making that wise choice? I mean, really listening even though some signs were beginning to become evident? Not until I once again picked up one of Bill Bryson’s books at 4’oclock one morning when sleep eluded me.

If any of you have read Bill Bryson’s books you’ll know how hilarious his writing is, the way he describes things will make you laugh out loud. That morning I had to stifle my laughter to avoid disturbing the neighbours but at the same time, I read something in that book that seriously helped me make a decision.

You see, when we don’t stop to listen long enough to hear what God is saying to us in answer to our prayers, being God, He can use any method to get our attention. He used my insomniac time and Bill Bryson’s book to get my attention.


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What Next


What Next?

I’ve recently come back to the UK for my six-month stint before I leave once again for Florida. I’ve just moved into a rented flat but with so many issues. I am reminded that before I left Florida I did ask God to go before me.

God did indeed go before me evidenced by the fact that the flat I got was not the one intended for me and because of that, I am in walking distance to a great evangelical church. (Something else I asked God for when I prayed for Him to go before me). They call themselves the twenty-four seven church because of their outreach in the community, especially to the poor.

It turns out that as this accommodation is temporary, I will be on the move again. Something I have been doing for the past five years, but which I do not relish doing for another five years or even permanently. And because of all the issues with this flat, I found myself complaining rather than being thankful, remembering that I did ask God to go before me, and he has! This town has been voted the friendliest town in all of the UK. It is also expensive to live here but I know it is where God has brought me.

Didn’t I pray, “Lord, go before me?”My pray now is, “Lord, what next?”

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