Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).
“But Mommy, all I want is what I want when I want it,” howled my friend’s three-year-old daughter in the middle of a tantrum. Like little Molly, all I want is “what I want when I want it.” Who doesn’t? But life doesn’t always work that way, does it? Truth is, I’ve had to wait for my most fervent prayers to be answered, sometimes for a very long time.
I’m not a patient person by nature. But I’ve discovered that not getting what I want when I want it is one way God gets me ready for whatever it is I most desire. Waiting gives my character a chance to mature as God prepares me for promotion. When our character doesn’t grow as fast as our calling, look out! Yet I’m tempted to walk away from my dream altogether than wait for it. Why? Because waiting is painful. Grinding. Frustrating. Boring. Out of my control. In short, waiting is hard work.