I was wrong. Each page takes lots of time. Each page has its own format. Each page has specific requirements. Each page is probably three to five pages of things I've written before. So no, I'm not going to finish it in a week. Maybe I will be able to do it in a few months. We'll see.
I was a bit mad at myself at first for the slow speed, but if I do something I want to be a success I ought to do it right the first time. So, why not take the time it needs?
I think this is something we all can understand. Our world wants everything now, now, now. God isn't like this. He isn't a genie. He isn't into quick things. God works on a slow time table so things can sink in and produce real change (not just surface change). If God works like that, maybe we ought to do the same.
I wonder if sometimes we rush, rush, rush because we think so much depends on us when really not much does. God is in charge and is going to honor our efforts. He sees what you and I do.
"For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints." Hebrews 6:10
"We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,"
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
I almost didn't begin the project I'm working on because it's so outlandish. But then my preacher (who happens to be my husband) gave a sermon last week about potential and one of the things he said was, "They did not complete what they were supposed to do. They didn't finish what they started . . . Incomplete obedience is disobedience. Obedience means you finish the job."
When he said that I knew I had to begin and finish this ridiculous project. It might change my life. It might change the life of those I love. It might be a big change. It might be a small change. But if I don't do it I will always wonder "what if." And who wants to wonder that!