He loves me, he loves me not. He loves me, he loves me not. As you get to the last daisy petal, the final answer of ‘He loves me not’, has you groping for the next daisy and you frantically start plucking the petals, quietly praying for a different answer.
Go on, admit it, you have played that game before! Although this is only an innocent game it feeds into a far bigger issue, namely doubt.
I am convinced there is more than one cliché running through your mind when you read the word ‘doubt’. My favourite one is ‘When in doubt, do without’. That should be labelled as the best advice ever to be spoken. Such a pity we don’t head this advice.
Take a good look around and you will realize that doubt is running wild and it can no longer be ignored. When people share their issues with you, doubt is the first feeling or emotion you pick up on. During their heart rending speeches of the difficulties they are encountering, they hastily add that they know God is supposedly in control and if God wants to, He can help them. Maybe they should do plan a or b or c in order for God to help them.
Have you ever been there? This is where we bravely push our shaking hand into the air and feebly say, ‘Ay Captain!’ I am putting it all out there to share, people; I know, I have been there.
Doubt is not a ‘new’ thing, it has been around for as long as the world has been in existence. Take Sarah as an example. There she is, serving the visitors with food and something to drink, when she hears them saying that she will have a baby. Sarah’s response is exactly the same one I would have in her position. She laughs. I can just picture her standing in her tent shaking her head at the news. ‘I am an old woman, and Abraham is an old man. How can we ever conceive a child?’
On numerous occasions I have been stuck in a situation and ultimately I made an attempt at resolving the issue because I thought I had the answer, only to learn later that my plan was not getting me anywhere.
On hearing the message, Sarah finds herself in the same kind of situation. Knowing that she is too old to conceive a baby she decides to take matters into her own hands and she gives one of her slaves to Abraham. The slave Hagar, becomes pregnant and the boy Ishmael is born.
Can you imagine Sarah’s jealousy when Hagar comes waltzing into the tent informing Sarah that she is pregnant? Not too long and the inevitable begins to play like a modern day soap opera … the explosion of female personalities. Sarah insists that Hagar be sent away as Sarah, who did become pregnant in God’s time, did not want her son Isaac to be losing any part of his father’s inheritance.
This brings me back to the doubting daisies. ‘God is in control, God is not in control, God is in control, God is not in control’. Sarah doubts the message given to her about bearing a child and she goes out to make her own plan only to have this plan blow up in her face like a pressure cooker.
I want to encourage you to wait on God. Ask God for His guidance and then, you wait. I don’t know how long you will wait, but I know you have to wait on God.
Know this, God is always on time and He will never fail you. God’s perfect timing is not your timing.
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