This year for Father’s Day I decided to try something new. I decided to bake my dad a homemade gift; so I got in touch with my aunt to get a copy of a recipe that I knew my dad loved. It was a chocolate cake with caramel icing.
Now, for those of you who know me, you know I am not a chef in any way, shape, or form. I knew going into this that it would be a true labor of love.
First, I got the recipe and then we went shopping for the materials. After that, we began baking and I must say it wasn’t anything like I expected. It was much more of a challenge. LOL! The frosting was the most challenging part because you have to add each ingredient one.at.a.time and then you have to wait for it to cool before adding the final ingredient: powdered sugar. Then you have to mix, mix, mix it. (There was no need to lift weights that day.)
As I was stirring the powdered sugar into the frosting, I thought to myself, “Man, we certainly live in the age of the microwave. We want everything right now and we don’t want to have to wait for anything. We want to go to the store and buy a can of icing instead of spending the time making it from scratch. We want what is fast and doesn’t require any excess energy. ”
Immediately I thought about Micky D’s drive-thrus too and I wondered how often this microwave mentality spills over into every area of our lives. We can be spoiled and we can take a lot of things for granted. If that is you (uh-hmm, KIM CARRICK WALLACE…) take heart. Continue reading this article and find encouragement to wait on the Lord.
So, if this microwave mentality prevails in our society, what can we do, as Christians, to act in the opposite spirit? I believe the best thing we can do is learn how to wait on the Lord and not expect instant gratification.
Waiting On The Lord
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Ps. 27:14
When we wait on the Lord, we accept, first of all, His Lordship. We acknowledge that He is the Creator and we are the created. He knows us and knows what is best for us. We can only see in part and He sees the whole. He has a good plan for our lives and we can trust Him, but we need to know His plan is not on our timetable.
Waiting on the Lord is a spiritual muscle that must be developed. The ability to wait will grow little by little. That is just the way Jesus works.
He plants a seed and then a shoot develops. The shoot grows into a tender sprout. The sprout grows into a small plant. The plant grows and begins to produce fruit. The fruit contains seeds. And then the whole cycle begins again.
Sidenote: Don’t compare where you are in your ability to wait with someone else’s ability to wait. You truly don’t know where they are in their own growth cycle. Comparison only produces bad fruit. (She says from experience.)
Benefits Of Waiting On The Lord:
- your heart will be strengthened – Psalm 27:14
- you will inherit the land – Ps. 37:9
- you are blessed – Isaiah 30:18
- your youth will be renewed – Isaiah 40:31
- you will mount up with wings like eagles – Is. 40:31
- you will run and not grow weary – Is. 40:31
- you will walk and not faint – Is. 40:31
- you grow closer to Him
- you get to KNOW Him
- you begin to trust Him
- you see His faithfulness
When you wait on the Lord, you are bound together with Him. The picture that goes with this concept is a picture of a rope. Think of the big rope that hangs in the gym – picture how the strands of rope are bound together. That is what happens when you wait. You become so intimately bound together that you become one with the Lord. Isn’t that beautiful?
If you struggle in this area you may want to do a bible study on waiting on God. You can use these scriptures as a starting place and write them out in a journal. You could also read about Joseph, Abraham, and Hannah. I think their lives will encourage you.
So, today as you take the time to BeLoved Completely sit in His presence and let Him saturate you with His love and acceptance. Remember there is NOTHING about you that is gross to God. He loves you as much right now as He does when you are handing out tracks. He loves you as much right now as He does when you fall. As you soak in the gentle, soothing rain of His love, let go of anything you are expecting to come to you right away. Trust in His master plan and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is only good and you can trust Him.
With love, Kim