I’ll never forget standing at my kitchen island with my grown, married daughter. Her first Thanksgiving with her in-laws was coming up and she wanted to make a good impression with the pie she was contributing to the autumn feast. She was sure about what the filling would be and how delicious it would turn out, but the crust? That had her panicking, so she had come to my house to get some help.
Now, here we were, standing side by side at the counter. We each had a bowl of flour, a due amount of Crisco and ice water to mix in, and a rolling pin beside, waiting for its time of duty.
Mom, why don’t you just make crust for me? It will turn out so much better!
No, I’m sure you can do this. Just watch while I do each step, then you do it.
Each step brought her closer to the desired result, and then after a little time, the crust had been rolled, picked up and placed into the pie pan. With another bit of effort, the side crust was duly pinched and crimped, resulting in a crust that looked worthy of a state fair competition! She was so proud. It was completed because she was willing to wait.
As I was cleaning up the cloud of flour left on counter and floor, my daughter began talking to me about the desire of her heart, and the difficulty of waiting. The wait was making her wonder if God was withholding from her because she had done something in the past, and this was her necessary punishment.
Have you ever wondered that? Has the question of God’s seeming delay to answer made you wonder if He was perhaps angry with you? We know He could do it, but when He doesn’t, wrong thoughts begin to creep in.
Pointing to the flour-covered rolling pin we had just used, I said,
You came over here because you wanted the finished product of a pie crust, and you came to me to make it for you. Instead, I had you come near and learn from me. After time, the result was your beautiful pie crust.
God is doing the same thing in your life, on a much higher plane. Instead of just handing over to you what you’re asking Him for, He’s pulling you near Himself so that you can learn from Him what you would never learn otherwise. In the right time, God will answer and provide, and you will be so thankful for the lessons you learned while you waited.
Friend, what are you waiting for today? Whether it’s huge or small, remind yourself of Truth. Just because it’s not happening right now, doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love you! He cannot act outside of His character, and He loves you as much as His own Son! There are lessons in waiting that will never be learned if God answered your request immediately. He is a good Father, and He is pulling you close to Himself to teach you and instruct you, to comfort and to prepare you for when the time is just right and He will answer.
The joy on my daughter’s face when she saw her finished pie crust is nothing compared to what I’m seeing God do in her life right now! I’m pretty sure if you asked her, she would tell you it was well worth the wait.
Maybe we should bronze that rolling pin. It taught a tremendous lesson to my over-anxious heart.
Keep trusting. Keep waiting.