Donna C. Terrell

I Was Just Thinkin'

Waiting on the Minute


Sometimes the Lord speaks through the TV.


Some of the most dynamic answers to prayer have come to me while watching or just listening to the TV. I was once in an up-and-down, on-and-off relationship that kept me on an emotional roller coaster. We’ve all had those. I was in the usual tizzy about some latest development that often accompanied that particular man. I was fretting and carrying on in my mind about what I should do about the situation.

For one minute my mind quieted down long enough to hear a guy say through the TV, “Sometimes when you don’t know what to do, just don’t do nothin’.”

ABSOLUTE REVELATION. I felt like a weight had been lifted off of my entire world. It went straight to my spirit. That little tidbit didn’t even come from a TV preacher—it was a western. I have applied that piece of wisdom to many a situation for many years now. I have never tried to back it up with scripture, but if I looked hard enough I’m sure I’d find something to support it from the Bible.

When I first got married, one of the things that was a culture-shock to me was how my husband eats. No fruits and vegetables. Massive amounts of bread. Bottom of the barrel crap like Twinkies and cheap frozen meals. Eating large meals and then going to bed. Never going to the doctor. He high-tailed it to the dentist only because an issue popped up and he was in serious pain. Never going to the gym, yet paying for a membership. I really hate throwing money away. All this was so opposite to how I conduct my life. I nagged, prayed, tried to shame him into different behavior, prayed again. Tried to just let it go, figuring he’s grown; I can’t tell him what to do. So I say nothing as he devours half a pound of uber-caloric cashews in one sitting.

So I’m watching Biggest Loser one recent night, and a person said of the contestants that at one minute of one day in their lives, they made a conscious decision to make a change, a change that they were willing to commit to and be serious about.

One minute of one day.

ABSOLUTE REVELATION. That went straight to my spirit. I don’t need to worry about my husband’s health habits! One minute of one day, my husband is going to get revelation!  He’ll make a change to change his life! God can change anything in one minute! God can turn it all around in one minute! We just have to wait on the minute

That’s the hardest thing—waiting for change. But we know that God works in secret and he does it little by little. And you have to remember how He changed you. You weren’t always so perfect yourself. The Bible says “Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” (Isaiah 43:19)  If you should get discouraged, just say to yourself, “I believe that God is working in this situation.”

So now when my husband eats his signature bowl of chili with a side peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I don’t cringe. I think, one minute of one day…


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