This morning, I stood in front of the microwave and set the timer for 1-minute. I placed my 1/2 cup of coffee on the rotating plate and watched it go round and round as the microwave tried to do its work, but after 34 seconds, I popped the door open, grabbed my cup of coffee and headed for the computer.
I took a sip. The temperature wasn't quite what I was expecting--it was warm at best. It must be because my microwave is too slow!
My husband and pastor, has said on many occasions that we live in a microwave society. We want things now--the way we want them or "heads will roll."
When our children were young, whenever I found the service of others to be unsatisfactory--I could see my children sink into there seats as they pleaded, "No, mom...it's okay. It doesn't matter that my food order didn't come--I'm not hungry." Or... "I really want that shirt with the missing button." They would beg. "Please, don't say anything." But inevitably the words would come flying out of my mouth, "I want to speak to the manager."
I want what I want, and I want it--NOW!
I wish I could say--I'd never acted that way. I wish I could just point out the flaws of others without taking any responsibility for my own actions--always thinking the results that I want should come "faster-faster-faster." Not thinking God has the bigger picture and can see--what I can't.
"But....I want it. I want it to be my way."
And God says, "Wait."
"WAIT-are you kidding me. I'm gonna need to speak to the manager."
Oops--God is the manager.
In the Living Bible the word "wait" appears 169 times.
In Isaiah 40:27-31 (The Living Bible-TLB) it says: O Jacob, O Israel, how can you say that the Lord doesn’t see your troubles and isn’t being fair? Don’t you yet understand? Don’t you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
In Psalm 27:14 (TLB) it says this: Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and he will come and save you! Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and he will help you.
As I took another sip of my warm coffee--I was reminded again to slow down. Be patient. Don't settle for warm when the Lord has so much more for you--if you wait. He really does want to bless His children with good things--in His time--not ours.
Come to think of it--maybe it's not the microwave--but me!