The Lord Will Fulfill His Purpose For Me
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8
The young boy stared straight ahead, transfixed on a faraway image. I followed his line of sight and saw what held his attention: a brightly-colored bounce house swaying invitingly from across the street. Children’s squeals of delight could be heard from the green field where the boy and I stood.
“Daddy,” the boy called out and pointed to the house.
The boy’s father looked at the object of his son’s desire but said nothing. He simply nodded and continued with his task at hand - taking pictures of those gathered in the field.
The boy confused his father’s silence with indifference. “I gotta go over there,” he said and began walking.
The father noticed his son moving closer to the busy street. He called his name; a clear command for the boy to stop. The boy paused, frustrated. They were having fun over there! The temptation to join the other children was too much for him. He inched a little closer to the street. The father called his son’s name again, this time sternly. The boy looked back at his dad then at the bounce house, contemplating his next move. He wisely decided obeying his father’s instruction was best. He returned to his dad’s side, disappointed. His letdown was short-lived, though. When the father finished taking pictures, he took the boy by the hand, led him safely across the street and lifted him into the bounce house with the other children. The boy ended up having hours of fun, all under the watchful eye of his loving father.
Observing the interaction between the father and son reminded me of the relationship we Christians have with our heavenly Father. Our desires may have graduated from bounce houses but, at our core, we can be like impulsive children. We want it, and we want it now. Whether it is a job, a relationship, or material possessions, we pray to our Father, but if He doesn’t move according to our will, we assume He is ignoring us. We strike out on our own and, like the boy, don’t realize the danger in doing so. For the boy, it was crossing a busy street; a path that could have led to his death had he attempted it on his own. Thankfully, the boy had enough wisdom to heed his father’s command. He had to wait for what I’m sure seemed like hours to him - in reality it was only about 10 minutes – but his obedience was rewarded with joy and happiness.
We often focus on our heart’s desires without giving sufficient thought to the spiritual path we must take to obtain them. We walk towards the busy street but, unlike the little boy, we disobey our Father’s call to be patient. We move forward and encounter hazard after hazard. Some are able to weave around the hazards and make it safely across the street but they don’t find peace there. The dangers they faced leave them on edge. I have what I want but I am still not satisfied, they say to themselves. Was it worth all I went through to achieve this? Others, however, are hit repeatedly by the hazards. The constant emotional bruising weakens their faith and they become bitter, falling into a pit of hopelessness and despair. The fire (dream) that once burned in their hearts is smothered.
Those who wait patiently on God and remain faithful and obedient to his instruction will be rewarded with contentment while traveling the path to their dreams. They understand that setbacks don’t mean God is saying, “No” to their desires but rather, “Not right now.” We must wait until God’s appointed time for us. When it is time, He will safely guide us and we can relax and be grateful. Whether you have been waiting ten minutes or ten years, don’t allow your faith to become rattled. Trust and submit to your heavenly Father just as the boy trusted and submitted to his biological father. There may be moments of disappointment, but that disappointment will eventually turn into joy.