Just being candid, it is undeniably one of my worst faults. It surpasses my gluttony desire for white chocolate covered Oreos, Funyuns, dark chocolate, peanut butter, creamy Alfredo sauce and anything deep-fried. It’s what I call the terrible, frustrating, mind boggling, bondage holding, epidemic of the “I WANT IT NOW" syndrome: Lord, I have got to lose this weight NOW! You know I've gotta speaking engagement on Friday so if You can help me lose ten pounds by 5:30 p.m. so I can fit "that" dress, and while You're at it can you give me a raise by the end of the week so I can buy new shoes, and heal this cough by Thursday and change my husband by Wednesday.....and I want it now!
Anybody know what I'm talking about? Lord, You have got to mend this relationship NOW, I need this job NOW, You need to bless our finances NOW, change my kids' hearts now, take away this pain NOW, open this ministry door NOW…
It Didn't Just Come On Me Overnight
I ain't gonna lie. I confess that I had this syndrome way before adulthood. As a freckled-faced, snaggle tooth preschooler, I was known to throw a couple of daring, 'let me test my momma' tantrums to get my way in the grocery store. I wanted that toy, candy, or miniature lip gloss at the check-out line and I would do anything to get it NOW! I have fallen to the floor, kicked, screamed, held my breath, turned blue and I have even been known to throw in a little fake foaming at the mouth just to get what I want!
Honeychild, I could have stolen that soap opera Emmy Award from Young & The Restless many times! BUT…. well speaking of “buts”, when my momma got a hold of my butt… well, glory!! That is a 'hole notha devotion……
Be Careful What You Ask For NOW!
Years followed and I became old enough to date. I honestly can remember praying: Lord, please let me date 'him' now, and then there was 'him', and 'him', and 'him'….. Lord if You love me, let 'him' ask me out now!! Hurry Lord, don't You want me to be happy, You don’t want me to be single all my life, do You?”
Just the other day, I ran into one of the 'hims' I had desperately begged and prayed and asked God to allow me to date. He was sitting in a restaurant eating his fourth burger, mustard all over his face, using vulgar language...can I just say….. Glory! Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord, for not answering that prayer when I wanted it NOW!!
God's "NO" Was Not Rejection, but REDIRECTION
For so long I was guilty of trying to rush God’s will for my life. Many times what I wanted ”now” is not what I should have. Then there were times looking back that God was saying 'not quite yet, I am still working and refining some things so that when I give it to you, it will blow your mind!'
You see I am learning that God knows when saying 'yes' could possibly bring me harm that I didn't foresee, or He may be saying, I need you to wait while I am cultivating some much needed patience and persistence in you to build your faith even greater...
Let Go & Let GOD!
I have learned humbly to let go, and let God take control. I will admit it has not always been easy. There have been nights that I have cried out to God and felt like those prayers were ricocheting back from the bedroom ceiling. I will tell you that never once has my God failed me.
Although I don’t always understand or cannot fathom why he would not answer the way I want, God knows what is best for me. He cares about every little detail and concern that touches my life. You see, often times our focus is on the instant, getting it NOW, all the while God's focus is eternally. He sees the big picture. God's will is worth the wait and I want to be right smack dab in the middle of it!
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ~Psalm 25:4-5
What is it you are praying for NOW? Your marriage to be healed, a new job, help with your finances, healing in your body, your children? Don’t give up! God is still working His plan.
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