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 with a man who kept me on an emotional roller coaster. I was fretting and carrying on in my mind about what I should do about the latest situation of the week.

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. It didn’t even come from a TV preacher—I was watching a western. I have applied that wisdom to many a situation for 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 shocked 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 he was in serious pain. I nagged, prayed, even tried to shame him into different behavior. Then I 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 super-caloric cashews in one sitting.

So I’m watching The Biggest Loser one night, and a person said of the contestants that at one minute of one day in their lives, they made a 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, he’s going to get it! He’ll make a decision to change his life! God can turn anything 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. Isaiah 43:19 says “Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” If you should get discouraged, just say to yourself, “I believe that God is working in this situation.”

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


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