It took Michaelangelo four years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at Vatican City.
Margaret Mitchell needed eight years to write Gone With the Wind.
Construction on the Nebraska State Capitol required ten years.
Experts believed it took 50 years for workers to complete the Sphinx in Egypt.
200 years were spent on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Who can calculate how many years carved the Grand Canyon?
Masterpieces take time. And yet it strikes me that each of these marvels are temporal, lasting only as long as earth does, deteriorating every minute. We value them as treasures, but none will be part of our eternal future. None will be in heaven.
So why do we expect God, the master Creator, to take less time crafting His everlasting children? Why do we want quick fixes? Why aren't we willing to wait for His beautiful, masterful plan? Why are we so impatient?
I want to see what I want to see in the people I love, in those my heart hurts for, yet God is constantly working, chipping, carving, sculpting. He's writing the story of our lives and painting it with His skillful, creative, unique hand. Masterpieces take time and if I want the best, I have to patiently wait for Him to do His thing.
God works in mysterious, yet calculated, perfect ways. He's not making junk. He's creating masterpieces.
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
Do you have trouble waiting for God's master plan to unfold?
Sistine Chapel: Beyond Forgetting
Nebraska State Capitol: jimbowen0306
Leaning Tower of Pisa: Sam and Ian
Grand Canyon: Markusnl