My 8-year-old recently asked, “Why don’t we have a dog yet?”
Our family has been talking about getting a puppy for a couple years, but we’ve always had parameters associated with it.
As soon as we buy a house, we’ll get a dog.
As soon as I retire from the military, we’ll get a dog.
As soon as this or that is done, we’ll get a dog.
My son has had enough of the waiting and now just flat out asks why we are still stalling.
I tried to think of a way to explain to an 8-year-old using a Bible story. Sarah waiting on a baby, offering her maid to her husband? Nope, not a good 3rd grader type of story. Lazarus raised from the dead? Pretty complicated for the 3rd grader. Woman healed with the blood issue? Not sure I know enough about it to explain it….
It’s so hard to be patient waiting for something we desire! Often it’s difficult to be patient with God too. What does it mean to “wait on the Lord”?
There are a couple of key components to waiting on God. The first is a complete dependence on God and the second is a willingness to allow Him to dictate the timeline. Both sound easy. Neither are.
I find myself praying, “Lord, give me patience…like, now. Yep, now is when I need the patience.”
Practicing patience with God often involves waiting. When we wait on the Lord, we are developing strengthened character in our Christian walk. That patience showcases our ability to trust the Lord. It strengthens our prayer life. In some instances, it may strengthen our desire to be into the Word more frequently.
The timing of the Lord is always perfect. We just have to wait patiently.
The timing of the Shade puppy will also be perfect. My son just has to wait patiently.