When God Doesn’t Work Like Instant Mac-and-Cheese

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a very impatient person–so instant stuff is awesome to me.

Instant results.

Instant hot chocolate.

Instant Messaging

Instant coffee.

Instant oatmeal.

Instant answers on Google.

Instant Mac-N-Cheese (I lived off of this stuff my first semester of college).

But sometimes I forget that God doesn’t work like instant Mac-N-Cheese.

He runs on His own time frame, and it’s a perfect one. You can’t just “add water and stir” God to get the results you want from Him.

And that’s hard to accept at times.

When I was in middle school, I heard the song “Second Chance” by Hillsong United for the first time-and fell in love with it. I found the bridge especially beautiful:

“So I’ll wait upon You now
With my hands released to You
Where a little faith’s enough
To see mountains lift and move…”

I loved the idea of a teeny tiny bit of faith still being enough to move mountains because, in all honesty, faith is something I’ve always struggled with too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to develop and grow it over the years, but I’ve never been very good at trusting someone else with the details of my life–even if the One I’m trusting created my life to begin with.

So that was the line I always focused on the most: having even a tiny bit of faith and how powerful that smidgen can be with God’s power behind it.

But one day–later on in high school, after just beginning to see how treacherous and uncertain this road of life actually is–I hear this song with new ears (or maybe a new heart).

All those years of listening to and singing this song, and I’d been missing one of the most important lines:

“So I’ll wait upon you now…”

Why is waiting so hard for me?

I hate waiting on people.

I hate waiting in traffic.

I hate waiting on results.

I hate waiting on my internet to work.

Shoot, I hate waiting on my instant stuff to be instant.

And I hate waiting on God.

Sometimes I wish He really did work like Mac-N-Cheese: mix in some hope, stir with prayer, and viola! I can skip all the waiting periods in life.

But He doesn’t.

And I’m *very* slowly learning that the waiting periods of life happen to be some of the most beautifully inspiring times. These are the moments when God is closest, preparing my heart for what He has in store for me, and holding my hand through it all.

I love the promise in Isaiah 40:31,

“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.”

We don’t wait in vain!

God is always working and always doing what’s best for us in the long run, even if we cannot see it in this present moment.

And even if He doesn’t work like Mac-N-Cheese. ?


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