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Leanne Mallett
THERE’S A PLAN, BUT YOU NEED TO BE PATIENT

Feel like life is stuck and things just aren’t working out? Don’t worry, God’s just getting you ready writes Leanne Mallett

When we are going to a celebration, we first get an invite and then there comes a time of ‘getting ready’. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going somewhere special, this is all part of the excitement.

Take weddings – the preparation and planning for that big day could have been going on for years, Then there’s having a baby and the things we do in anticipation of the new arrival. As ladies, getting ready for cel¬ebration is one of the things we love the most.

When we know the place where we are going to is likely to be good, we approach it with the right mindset and with an attitude of expectancy, It’s the same with what God has in store for us. You see, you were born for a purpose; for a time such as this!

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” In other words, the Lord is saying, “Hey, I already know what’s ahead for you. I have plans.”

When we plan, usually there is a time of preparation and we need to be patient. I love the illustration of growing a Chinese bamboo tree, A seed is planted and you don’t see much growth for at least four years. It needs

The amazing Chinese bamboo tree can grow 90 feet in just six weeks – but seems to do nothing for the first four years! It needs watering and feeding each year, then – al! of a sudden, at around the fifth year-within six weeks it can grow to an incredible height of 90 feet! There is an appointed time for it, but patience is needed.

Often, during the waiting, we can become frustrated that things aren’t happening as quickly as we would like. But there is a given time for everything that happens in our life; it says so in Ecclesiastes 3.

There has to be a nine-month gestation period before a baby is born. He or she needs to grow and that waiting time is important-it’s vital. My daugh¬ter was born ten weeks early and there were complications initially, If a bride-to-be sud¬denly announces her wedding will be tomorrow, it would cause chaos as no one would be ready. So waiting for ‘the time’ is important.

Often in the ‘getting ready’ we come across setbacks. Have you ever been getting ready, nails freshly polished, and you smudge them, or a ladder ap¬pears in your tights, or your hair just won’t go right? Ladies, it’s a catastrophe! It spoils our getting ready! I’m sure we’ve all used the phrase, “That’s it, I’m not going!” Our attitude changes as there is a setback. If you are reading this today and you feel despondent because you think things aren’t progressing as quickly as you would like – just hang in there! Sometimes God is waiting on us to deal with some things first. Sometimes we need to adjust things in our life. It could be an attitude that needs dealing with, it could be some unforgiveness we are harbouring or it could be some fears that need to go, Setbacks sometimes are just God saying, “Slow down, the timing isn’t right yet!”

So today, I believe God wants us to celebrate in whatever stage we are at. We may feel like we don’t know what is going on, but God has a plan and we just need to trust him,
If we are grounded in the Lord and know who we are in God, we won’t give up; we will carry on regardless, as we know he is in charge of our life.

Parties, weddings, births and jubilees are amazing and we go away with great memories, but the celebration of living life with Jesus goes on forever. Building our house on the rock also gives us an even greater bonus. We are ‘getting ready’ to spend eternity with Jesus, too. What an assurance we have!

So, while we are here let’s celebrate in the getting ready – getting ready for the life Jesus has mapped out for us here on earth, and getting ready for the life he has for us eternally.

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