One of my family’s favorite things to do in the summertime is to spend time at the pool. Now that my kids are all grown up, pool days have gotten a whole lot easier. But, I’ll never forget the challenge of getting three squirmy, impatient kids slathered up with sunscreen before they could enjoy the pool.
I remember trying to get everyone slathered up before we left the house, but sometimes I would forget and then have to do it when we got to the pool. That was a problem. First of all, there was the inevitable argument about who would lotioned-up first. Then they’d be forced to wait another 15 minutes to allow the sunscreen to sink in before they could jump in. In those 15 minutes I’d hear the question, “Mom, is it time yet?” or “How much longer?” at least 100 times. I know it felt like torture to them, and I wished as much as they did that they could just jump in right away. But, it was for their own good. I didn’t want them to have to endure the painful sunburn that they would undoubtedly suffer if we didn’t give the sunscreen time to set in.
Have you been praying about something for a long time and have begun to get the feeling that God is putting you off? Are you frustrated that He keeps making you wait, when you want it NOW? Remember that God loves you deeply and He wants what is best for you. He also sees the consequences of answering your prayer before the time is right. If he is making you wait, I can assure you that it is for your own good. When we wait on the Lord with faith and patience, we are rewarded in many ways. Check out this promise from Isaiah 40:31: “But those who wait on 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.”
Be encouraged today, knowing that your patience will be rewarded. Just like my kids, waiting for that reward is often necessary to prevent us from getting hurt.