Just last week, my 10 month old woke up from his nap later that he usually sleeps. I knew he would probably be greatly anticipating his bottle ASAP! As I brought him into the kitchen, I told him that he was about to get a bottle. As soon as I said the word, I knew I had to hurry!
Instead of making the bottle with one arm while holding him (which I knew would take longer) I put baby down on the floor while I hurriedly made the bottle. This little boy could not understand why I promised him a bottle and then just sat him down, as if I was going back on my word and forgot how hungry he was. He cried immediately, he flailed his arms and threw a fit. My little pumpkin was no longer my ‘chill’ 3rd child, he was MAD…at me! He did not understand that I had to place him on the floor so I could work faster and get his bottle to him as quickly as possible.
This got me thinking…how often to we pray for something…to wait the amount of time that WE think is appropriate, to just give up and get mad, when it appears that our prayer is not answered. Do we trust that God is working on it…and that his time is perfectly aligned with His plan for us? Do we start to doubt? Give in? Get mad? Turn away?
Or…do we throw ourselves further into prayer so that we seek the wisdom on how best to handle the challenge that is currently facing us?
I knew exactly what my child needed, but he could not understand that I had to create distance from him, so that I could work faster, on his behalf. When we hit lows, our desert place…do not give in. Do not give up. Trust! Trust as if you KNOW that God is working on exactly what you need, in His perfect time!