So often, the world tries to lure us as young women into the trap known as instant gratification. We see a shirt and absolutely have to buy it. We want our paycheck now, and if it isn’t deposited immediately, we make sure everyone knows just how upset we are. But what is the real problem? Is it waiting, or is it being content in the waiting?
Many times, I talk to girls who feel like God isn’t present in their lives because, “He’s not revealing Himself to me.” The problem each of these girls deal with is not that God isn’t revealing Himself to them (trust me, He’s definitely a God of revelation, so that’s not the real issue), but rather they want Him to work in their timing. They want God to work the same way an ATM does: instant transactions, instant cash… instant gratification. However, there is an important purpose in the waiting process.
Let me give you an example. This past spring, I was enrolled in an English class at my local community college. English has always been an easy subject for me, so I was confident I could breeze straight through. Little did I know, it wasn’t the work that would challenge me, but rather the professor. You see, my professor was a very sweet and happy person, but she lacked self-confidence. While her constant rambling and rabbit trails seemed normal to her, everyone else began to feel very frustrated. Not only was she not teaching the assigned material, but she was a terrible story teller!
I began to feel annoyed and angered at her, and my feelings grew even stronger when I found out she was not a fan of Christians. I felt as though God had left me to struggle through this ethically challenging class on my own! The next couple of weeks were tough; I had no desire to participate in the class.
These feelings of discontent and frustration continued until one day, when I had to decline an assignment because it went against my faith. As I sat and listened to my professor, my feelings of God abandoning me in my time of need and frustration, slowly began to fade. The revelation that I had just been given a wonderful witnessing opportunity began to ring loud and clear. The class has since ended but to this day, I still talk to my professor from time to time. She is such a broken soul, and her stories and ramblings in class seem now to have been a cry for help, for answers.
If I had dropped the class, frustrated by the lack of instant gratification in the area of ease, I wouldn’t have seen God’s opportunity to share the truth of His sovereign love with a soul that desperately needs Him. The need that we feel to have everything right at our fingertips is a weakness. We don’t rely on God to provide in His timing anymore. But God is still sovereign, and His power is made perfect, especially in our weakness. For when we are weak, He is strong.
So, as your week continues, as hardships and temptations continue to surround you, can I challenge you to seek contentment in His perfect timing? Let’s be content to wait on Him together.