I get so upset when my son runs ahead of me into the bathroom especially after I have told him to wait. Oh, point of correction; I mean, after I yell at him to wait. So there is no way he can tell me he didn’t hear, right? But children love water so much, they don’t care about the consequences of their disobedience.
You may be wondering why I should prevent my son from running ahead of me into the bathroom when he loves the water anyway. It is because the hot water in the bucket or tub may not have been properly mixed to the right temperature to prevent scalding, or the bathroom may be slippery, etc. The child may gladly dismiss her parent’s warning only to plunge into injurious hot waters.
Recently, this scenario brought to mind a very interesting topic among Christians which is; when the answer to prayer is wait. Most of us including myself really hate this answer to prayer because when our flesh wants something, we must have it now! But could it be, that like children who dismiss the voice of their parents to wait, we could be plunging into injurious hot waters? Could it be that when we run ahead of God, we could come out with scalds instead of stars?
The bible tells us in Isaiah 30:18 “Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Imagine how the scenario would have been different, if after checking to make sure the bathroom was devoid of hazard, my son who had been patiently waiting outside the bathroom would walk in to enjoy my protective supervision? He would enjoy playing with the water, soap, sponge etc. without experiencing unnecessary injury.
We may think this only pertains to children, but such daily scenarios always takes place as our heavenly father watches each of us from above. Do we wait to follow his lead into safe and bliss or are we always plunging into injurious hot waters? Most of us are victims of the latter because waiting has become excruciating. Why can’t I have that marriage now? So we plunge ahead! Why can’t I have that job now? So ahead we go! Why can’t I do that course now? Why can’t I get that promotion now? Why can’t I have that baby now? On and on we go, sometimes taking steps contrary to the will of God and even the Word of God just to satisfy our flesh. Deeper into injurious hot waters we daily plunge.
Waiting has never been easy but let us encourage ourselves with Psalm 27:13-14 which says, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” and 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
And after the grueling wait under the watchful eyes of our father in heaven, let us be the ones to say “But they who wait for 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. Isaiah 40:31. Let us not faint in our wait, for it is better to wait on the Lord than to plunge into injurious hot waters.
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