You can't always get what you want...
Have you ever cooked breakfast for a hungry and clingy one year old? I found myself in this situation a few Sundays ago.
My wife was volunteering at church that morning, so my fifteen month old daughter and I were hanging out at home before attending second service. The morning was going relatively well… until I started trying to cook breakfast. My daughter was getting hungry, which also made her increasingly cranky. Have you ever tried to scramble eggs and fry bacon with one hand, while the other arm is holding your kid? I’m sure more capable parents can do both, while simultaneously changing a diaper, building a log cabin, and reading their Bible, but I could not. At least nowhere near efficiently. Every passing minute added to my daughter’s angst. She only wanted to be held, but I knew what she really needed was food, and the longer I held her the longer it would take to get breakfast ready. So, after about eight minutes in the life of a one-armed man, I did the unthinkable: I put her down.
THE WORLD ENDED. (At least in her mind.)
My daughter was overwhelmed by sorrow and suffering for the next two minutes, all while I calmly told her that I loved her very much and wanted to hold her, but I had to finish frying the bacon and eggs. She calmed down fairly quickly while listening to my voice, and a few minutes later she was giggling, jabbering, and eating breakfast.
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
As our morning continued, several parallels became clear to me:
So often we are the young toddler, God’s loved and precious child, crying and screaming because we think we know what is best for ourselves, and it’s not where God has led us. In our impatience, we may think God doesn’t care about our future because He’s not being a “good genie” in the present.
God, our loving, caring, and perfect Father, always knows what is best for us. He sees the “big picture” of our past, present, and future, and is not limited by short-sighted desires. If we seek and pray for His best for us, we may often be disappointed with a lack of instant gratification; don’t confuse this for abandonment or a lack of love on His part.
Waiting patiently is better than waiting impatiently (complaining/ day-dreaming), but is not always easier in the moment. Waiting patiently requires focusing (often intensely) on what we know to be true about The Lord.
Think About: Where I am having trouble waiting patiently for The Lord? What do I know to be true about God? How does focusing on what I know about God, instead of on what I want my circumstances to be, affect my patience with a situation?
Pray: God my Father, Thank you for being patient with me. Help me to wait patiently for You. Help me to remember truth about who You are when I grow impatient, and to trust You while I’m waiting. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Lucas Brown is a Senior Sales Tax Accountant for Tractor Supply Company by day. By night and weekends, he is a musician, writer, project handyman, and outdoorsman. Lucas is a full time Christ-follower, husband to his wife (Katie), and father to their daughter (Maggie Mae). Small group discussions/ Bible studies are Lucas' favorite vehicle for mutual discipleship.