For several weeks now, my teenage son walks in the door after school and greets me with the same question, “Did my music CD arrive?”
I shake my head, and watch him sort through the mail as he grumbles, “It should have been here by now.”
Forget snail mail, my son wants to know if the company sent me an email explaining the status of the CD he ordered.
“What’s taking so long?”
I’ve asked God that same question.
“Lord, I prayed about this matter weeks ago…………What’s taking so long?”
I sort through God’s Word, searching for His answer. I pray and fast so God knows I mean business. I claim Luke 11:5-13 where Jesus tells us to keep on asking; I’m not trying to be a pain.
But sometimes I wait so long, the weeks turn into months, and even years ……………without a response.
Does God’s silence on the subject mean NO or NOT YET?
I cross my fingers and pray again, hoping the answer is a delayed affirmation; that it may be later than sooner, but I’ll get what I want. Sounds like the brat in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory who wants the golden egg, and she wants it NOW!
Oswald Chambers once wrote, “Are you prepared to ask yourself what it is you want from God and why you want it? God always ignores your present level of completeness in favor of your ultimate future completeness. He is not concerned about making you happy right now, but He’s continually working out His ultimate perfection for you.”
There’s that word perfection again and my need (not want) to submit to God’s perfect plan for my life. “And let endurance (perseverance) have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4)
My son comes home and tosses junk mail on the kitchen counter. The disappointment on his face tugs my heartstrings. And I realize, it’s easier to pray “Thy will be done” in my life, than watch “His will be done” in my children’s lives.
But that’s another story……………