Worth the wait!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
For the past twenty-one months, I have been subjected to a very difficult question. How old is your son? When they are in the womb you have to keep up with how many weeks and then when they are born you have to keep up with how many months they are.
I made a habit of just making up numbers and waiting to see what people’s reactions were. It often confused them when I would say that my six-month-old child was only two-months old. I blamed his size on performance-enhancing vitamins to help him be the king of the daycare sandbox!
Time is a prominent part of everyone’s life. Time conscious people are either standing at the microwave yelling hurry up or taking a test begging slow down.
But if you really look back at the moments where time was not obedient to your demands – what were the results?
I was impatiently eager to meet my son while he was in his mother’s womb. But I knew that if he arrived too early, he would not be fully mature enough to handle the demands of this world.
Have you ever done or received something prematurely? Was the cost of your impatience worth the time you could have waited?
There was a young boy sitting on his porch one afternoon. He noticed a quivering butterfly cocoon hanging in the distance. There was an opening that the encapsulated butterfly was trying to emerge though. Not wanting the butterfly inside to struggle, the little boy took a small blade and cut open a slit for the butterfly to escape.
The butterfly pushed through the larger hole and fell to the ground. His body was big but his wings were weak. As much as the little boy wanted to help the animal fly, he actually stunted its growth.
The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.
There is power in patience. I challenge you to acknowledge your struggles with time and realize that if you are being encouraged to wait then there must be something greater coming in time.
Do not allow others expectations of your future to force you to move faster than your Father (God).
God has placed inside of you a desire to know more and incased it in uncertainty because He wants you to seek Him first and follow His lead. After all He knows your end from the beginning – why not just trust Him.