Though it linger, wait for it….(Hab 2:3).
What!?? No ripe avocados at the grocery store? “How am I supposed to enjoy my lunch without fresh avocado”, I thought to myself. I thought, certainly, there must be a way around this. There has to be a way to quickly ripen an avocado by lunchtime.
I asked Google and found some information that you can quickly ripen an avocado by zapping it in the microwave. I don’t really use microwaves, in fact, I’m kind of against using them, but in this case, I threw aside my personal convictions for the thought of a delicious, creamy, delightful avocado and went for it.
It was a total fail.
The avocado was far from creamy and delicious. Sure, it had somewhat changed, but not into what a beautiful avocado is like after it has ripened properly.
Our lives are a lot like that avocado. We want, but were not willing to wait, so we take a shortcut and end up with something far from the best. In fact, sometimes we’re even willing to throw aside our own personal convictions if it means we can get what we want faster. However, in God’s economy there is only one way to receive His best; wait for it.
Maybe I’m the only one who feels a bit unsettled when I ponder that statement; wait for it. Truth is, I feel unsettled because, in my flesh, I don’t want to wait. Sometimes the waiting is painful. It’s uncertain and we wonder how in the world our situation can ever get better, so we become self-reliant and determine to fix our own situation instead of allowing Almighty God to make it happen.
It could also be that God is doing something greater in the waiting. He’s weaving something together, greater then we could ever dream. Yet, we are impulsive, have it now kind of people, so instead of waiting for God’s best we settle for bottom of the barrel and dress it up as good enough, convincing ourselves it has come from the hand of God.
C.S. Lewis says, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
If it lingers, don’t get anxious, live in fear or feel the need to insert yourself into the equation to make it happen. Set yourself up in the promised land of God’s rest. It’s in that place of victory where we find peace, comfort and joy as we watch God work all things together for the purpose of His good in our lives. Do not be unsettled, but learn to settle yourself in HIs mercy through prayer, rest and patience, in Jesus name.
Lord, we are impatient, impulsive, self-reliant people. We are anxious, we do not often trust in you, because we wrongfully believe you to be insufficient. Father, forgive us. We are weak minded and we believe you to be the same. This is idolatry, forgive us for replacing your kingship with gods of fear. Lord, today we rest in your grace and we wait for you to fulfill all of your promises, in Jesus name, Amen.