If you could pick a motto for our day and age, I think it would be “more, more, more!” We consume a ridiculous amount of STUFF in our daily lives, don’t we? From the actual food we eat to the images we flick past on our phones to the television shows we have queued up on Netflix. Our stores are open 24 hours a day and if we don’t feel like going out, Amazon or UberEats will bring whatever we want right to our door.
We are accustomed to getting what we want almost immediately nowadays. But there is truth in the saying, “Good things come to those who wait.” In the book of Psalms David talks about waiting a lot. He would know a thing or two about waiting because after God anointed David king over Israel David still had to wait 7 years, long years of war and hardship, to become king. Have you ever waited 7 years for something God promised? That’s a long time moms, but over and over again David reminds us to wait on the Lord. He instructs us to wait patiently, to wait expectantly and to wait with hope. I especially love Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
We have a heavenly Father who loves us and wants to give us good things, but at the right time moms. As I walk through my home thinking about how this applies in my own life, I pass “treasures” that have been accumulated over 31 years of my marriage. It takes time to fill a house with furniture, art, rugs and accessories. And It takes even longer when you have children in the mix because children drain the bank account.
No one likes to wait. We all wish training our children in obedience or creating a welcoming home came as easily and quickly as an Amazon Prime order. But it takes time to teach a toddler to obey and it takes time to save up for furniture that you love. Regardless of where you are today, realize, “Good things do come for those who wait,” because you have a heavenly Father who loves to give good things to you.
So while you are waiting, get happy with where you are right now and enjoy the journey. Pray that God would teach you how to wait patiently, expectantly and with hope. For the rest of 2018 what if our motto was, “run your own race, at your own pace”?