• Toyosi Osinowo

Patiently Trusting His Timing


"Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains."

~James 5:7

The car in the above picture is not my car but once upon a time, I had the exact model and color. As a matter of fact, mine was in worse shape than the car you are looking at. The paint job on the hood of my car was a HOT MESS!!! It was a gift given to me by a wonderful couple at a church I used to attend when my car broke down on me in 2011. I am forever grateful to them for blessing me in a way that I can never repay them. I did not have to ask for it. They simply blessed me out of the kindness of their hearts. That's a story for another day.

I coined this car my old faithful. I took a picture of it and for some odd reason, it disappeared from my drive (ugghh!). Hence why, I had to find a picture online for this blog post (yes, I do not own the rights to this picture***). My Corolla was so good to me. It was great on gas, the engine was dependable and I never had to take it to the mechanics for any thing other than a tune-up and oil change. I had this car for 3 solid years!!!! Even after I secured a job at an oil and gas company, I still drove this car for another 2 years. Why? Some of you may wonder. Well, let me just say that I did not intend to keep driving it either but I felt led to wait and I am so glad I did. While I was out of a job, I had a list of things that I was going to get done once I got that J-O-B and getting a 'decent' car was one of them. See, I loved good Old Faithful but I had experienced embarrassing moments driving her to fancy shindigs. I remember one occasion when someone wanted to walk me to my car. Lawd!!!! I had a 'can the ground open up and swallow me' moment. LOL. Some folks even thought that I lied about where I worked because it just didn't make sense for me to drive a hooptie if I could afford better. I'll keep it real and acknowledge that I was definitely bothered by these things. I was. However, they did not bother me enough to cause me to move when God said be still. I remember what I heard a pastor say one day:

"Are you ready to be responsible for that blessing you are asking for? You want a new car, house, a husband, etc but how are you caring for the old car, apartment, etc that is currently in your possession?"

Those words in that sermon were for me. They transformed my mindset. Slowly but surely, I began to not care so much about the appearance of my mode of transportation. That is all a car is after all. As I stated earlier, Old Faithful was great on my budget. I spent an average of 20 bucks a week to fill my tank, and I did not have to accrue any additional expenses on unforeseen issues. Now you know the devil wasn't going to just lay low and let me be. I had a little incident with Old faithful. My tires gave up on me. The crazy thing about this incident was that I was on the freeway when I felt led to turn to a nearby street. Then my tires went out. When the tire was taken out, it was obvious that things would have been worse if I was on the freeway. The picture below speaks for itself (yes, I found this picture). I gave God a huge praise that day and still do today!

I still kept my car after I got married. Yep. I was determined to care for that car as much as it cared for me. I gave it a nice paint job, got some new rims for it on amazon and detailed the inside. My husband even got a brand new CD player installed inside of it (thanks, love). Due to our expenses being low, I was able to save up some good money which served as a great leverage when we finally decided to buy a new car. In March 2014, we purchased what I call my one time 'Blessing'. Blessing and I are still trucking along til date and I do not plan to change her until the appointed time.

That's my niece and husband checking out my new ride in its early days.

The 3 things I learnt during this period of my life were:

  1. God requires us to be patient on purpose.

  2. God will keep you if you wait IN HIM.

  3. There is a lesson to be learnt in your waiting period. Don't despise it.

I do not know who this is for but be assured that the waiting period is not in vain. Even when we get disappointed by not receiving what we anticipate, know that God never stops working. Also understand that you can learn a thing or two while waiting. Patience is truly a virtue that can only be given to us by the Spirit of God. It is essential that we abide in Him that He may equip us to cultivate it efficiently.

Blessings and Love,

Toyosi.


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