Last week my microwave broke and I have to admit, I panicked a bit. How will I heat things up? What if I wanted leftovers for lunch? What if my coffee got cold? I didn’t really have time to go shopping for a new one at the time, so I had to make do. The first few days were rough; having to heat up the oven, and then even more waiting until the food was hot enough to eat. But then I got used to it and even preferred the taste of oven warmed food over the zapping of the microwave. I decided it was worth the wait.
Isn’t that how it is when we have to exercise our patience? We want whatever we are waiting for to come in “microwave” speed, but often God makes us wait, and delivers in “oven” time. And sometimes the wait is even a bit longer; I like to call that “crock pot” time; you know, long and slow. We conquer the faith part and know that God is going to come through for us, but now we have to wait; and we don’t know if He is using a microwave, an oven or a crock pot. But what I learned from my microwave-less week is that patience is a virtue that can be acquired by practice. At first I was bummed that I would have to wait so much extra time to heat something up; a couple of times I took out the food early because I was impatient. But when I took a bite, it was still cold in the middle….yuck. Each day that passed, I became more patient and let the food heat up until it was nice and hot…what a difference waiting can make. It’s the same way with our life. “It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time“ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He is the master of making things just right for us, so if you cheerfully endure and remain patient through the process you will find that it will be worth the wait.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)