lessons from the fishing pole

My girls love visiting their grandparents house and getting to go fishing and play in the giant sandbox my parents have built for them. It's like a little childhood oasis of fun and it's so exciting for them to get away from home for a day to spend fishing and playing. It's also quite hilarious to watch a 2.5 year old and 4 year old attempt to wait patiently for a fish to nibble at their fishing line. They sit so sweetly waiting and waiting. Zoey typically is up first, board that the fish don't seem to want her worm. 

I've never been much into fishing. Well...I'm not really much into the outdoors if we are being honest. And my husband would much rather have a guitar or a ball in his hands. Hunting and fishing is never something that has appealed to him. I get board just watching my girls fish, so just the thought of sitting with a fishing pole in my hands makes me yawn. 

I'm an impatient person. Instant gratification is the name of the game for me. And yet, I hear myself telling my kids on a constant basis "please, just be patient and wait your turn". We've been in a "waiting season" for what feels like ENTIRELY too long for me. I'm growing more impatient by the day and I want what I want NOW. I see people around me doing the things I want to do and moving on with their lives. I start to feel that anger and jealousy begin to bubble up in me and still He reminds me that I am His and His plans are greater. 

He continues to ask me to be patient and wait my turn. 

He has a giant fish just swimming around in the pond of my life waiting to take a big bite.
In His time. 

The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
for your faithful love, O  Lord, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
-Psalm 138:8

I like to consider myself a decent mom. I could never abandon my kids. Even on the hardest of hard days, when all I want to do is jump in my car and head to Canada, I am still right there. And I always will be. This is how faithful our Father is to us...times a billion. I love that last line of the scripture, "don't abandon me, for you made me". As if God needs reminding that He created us from dust, but there's no way He will ever abandon us. He won't jump ship when we get to be "too much".  He's a more patient and loving parent than any of us could ever dream of being. 

Are you waiting patiently for a bite on your line and trusting His plans for your life?