The salesman felt sure he could make the sale. He pushed us to take a test drive. Ooh, that was nice. Smooth, powerful, more than we needed. We were tempted.
It was more. More room, more power, more options, more money. Much more money.
And most of all, it just wasn't the right time.
Other things had to happen before we could even consider buying a vehicle. They hadn't. So we said no, thank you, to the eager salesman. With some regrets, I admit.
We have to wait.
It made me think about the oh, so many times God has told me to wait. And I don't like waiting. I want things to happen quickly. But unlike me, God sees the big picture. He knows what's best and what's harmful. And he knows the perfect timing.
Like those things that have to happen before we're ready to buy a truck. But I still don't like to wait.
Then I remember that there can be joy in waiting. Waiting and anticipation go hand in hand. When our dreams are fulfilled immediately, we miss out on the anticipation of waiting. The hope, and the joy of hope fulfilled.
But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:24-25)
I don't want to be like a spoiled child who demands everything NOW. I want to learn to wait patiently, especially for God's perfect will to be revealed in my life and the lives of those I love..
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:25-26)
Help me, Lord. Help me, Lord, to wait.