Have you ever been in traffic at a red light, and the moment the light turns green, in the millisecond it takes your brain to send a signal to your foot, the driver behind you starts to honk his horn?
You probably put your head through the window and scream, “Yuh cyaa wait!!“
Because God knows its really not our forte, He has given us countless scriptures encouraging us to wait despite of the discomfort and impatience we may feel from time to time.
He tells us to be strong, take heart, be patient and trust Him. He also tells us that even while we wait, He will be there to help us by renewing our strength and if we hold on, we will see His goodness. No questions asked.
The way I look at it is, I have two choices, I can either wait on God and get the best there is or I can try to get it on my own and fail and/or receive something that doesn’t last.
There is a price for the best, it is called waiting.
A study was conducted in 1970 involving four year-olds called the “marshmallow test.” It went like this – One by one, four year old children were taken in a room where a marshmallow sat on a table. They were told that they could eat the marshmallow right away, however, that was the only one they would have. But if they waited for fifteen minutes, they would receive an additional marshmallow.
The research recorded that some children employed strategies such as covering their eyes or turning their backs to the marshmallow to distract them from the lure of it while others ate the marshmallow as soon as the researcher left the room.
The first group received their reward for waiting as was promised. They got double. While the second group missed out on having the enjoyment of another marshmallow.
The study runs very closely with real life – our life. And it is a reminder that waiting, though it can be frustrating, holds greater rewards.
My question to you today is, do you want one marshmallow or two? Do you want to take the first exit off the waiting highway and go with your own ‘fool-proof’ plan, or do you want to wait, as unsettling as it may be, on God and receive the best of the best.
There may be something you are waiting on right now and it feels like its taking forever. Sometimes you wonder if it will ever happen. It may be beginning to look impossible and you are considering that option you know is not God’s will for you. It’s not that you don’t trust God, rather, the wait is just too hard and your need is right now.
If I just summed up your situation, my advice to you is, don’t become weary in waiting. Don’t give up!
God is not dragging His feet, nor is He ignoring your pleas. He is actually working on you while He works on your situation. You may not realize it but He is shaping you by teaching you endurance, patience and trust while you wait.
To make the weight of the wait a little lighter, as you go through each day, envision your need being supplied in overabundance. Picture the moment your answer comes and how it will make you feel. Imagine the day that you are out of that situation and living the life you dream of. Focus your mind on hope-giving thoughts.
The Bible tells us to think lovely and pure thoughts. Thoughts that make us happy and at peace. And this is a great tool to use while you wait, because it keeps you hopeful and in faith rather than frustrated and frazzled.
Waiting is definitely not a walk in the park. It really takes resilience, incredible restraint and trust in God to stay the course. But keep in mind that what we can manufacture by the work of our own hands is nothing compared to what God has in store for those who are willing to wait on him.
You have to decide if what you are going after now is worth what you could have later. In other words, do you want one marshmallow or two?
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:13-14
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