Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 NIV

“Can I have a canned drink?” my son appeared from nowhere, his face beet red, sweaty hair plastered to his head in the shape of his bicycle helmet. “How about some water,” I said and watched his mouth turn south. I reached down to grab more laundry to sort, and when I looked up he was gone. A few minutes later, I headed downstairs, laundry basket in tow. As I hit the first step, a darting gazelle in the shape of my son ran out of the den.

My curiosity piqued, I dropped the basket in the laundry room and set out in search for a seven-year-old boy. I found him in the playroom, scrunched down behind the dollhouse, his head tucked in his body. Sure I was going to catch him with a canned drink under his body, I asked, “Watcha doin’?” He didn’t budge.

“Colin, what are you doing in here?” I questioned again. One big, brown eye tilted upwards to survey my level of mad. Recognizing defeat, his slowly uncoiled his body. “Nothing,” he finally responded, revealing chewed up cookies in his mouth. As he straightened up, I noticed four butter cookies stacked on his pointer finger – the kind you eat in Sunday school.

“Colin, if you wanted something to eat, you should have asked. I would have said yes. You shouldn’t try to hide from me. I’m not mad at you for getting cookies, just a little disappointed at your not asking first,” I explained. As we returned to the den, I added, “It’s okay that you have butter cookies, but you just won’t be able to eat any of the brownies I had baking.”

I watched as my son’s eyes widened at the thought of brownies and fell at the realization he wasn’t getting any. He never should have taken matters into his own hands.

I shouldn’t take matters into my own hands either, yet, so many times I do. When I go out in search of a solution to my own problem instead of waiting on God, I often forfeit the goody He had baking for me. Brownies take a little time. They don’t provide the instant gratification like store-bought cookies, but they sure do taste better.

When we wait on God’s timing, the rewards are immeasurable. If only there was a timer on the stove of life telling us how much longer we had to wait!

Oh, Lord, you are such an awesome and benevolent Father. Thank you for the many gifts you give to me daily. God, help me to be patient and wait on the blessings you are working to make happen. Good things take time. I don’t want to live my life crouched behind bad choices. Give me the wisdom to come to You and wait for Your answers. Amen.

7 Responses to Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands
  1. Heather Ricks
    June 15, 2009 | 9:18 am

    What a great lesson. Too many times I grab the store bought cookies!!

  2. Angela Nazworth
    June 15, 2009 | 5:09 pm

    This was fabulous Carol and something I really needed right now. Thank you.

  3. Julie
    June 15, 2009 | 10:43 pm

    Great post. I’ve missed out on way too many of God’s brownies because I’ve taken things into my own hands.

  4. Mozi Esmes Mommy
    June 16, 2009 | 4:50 am

    What a painful lesson that I’ve learned the hard way too often!

  5. Deb
    June 16, 2009 | 10:41 am

    Carol, A great reminder! I so often want what I want and I want it NOW!! God’s timing is always better, but having the patience to wait on Him is not easy. Thanks for sharing your story. When my children were little I would correct them and then hear the Lord’s quiet voice say, “You do that too!” I am forever thankful for His constant direction and patience.

  6. Gina
    June 16, 2009 | 10:52 am

    Can’t wait to taste the brownies God is cooking ’cause I’m mighty hungry! Thanks for the devotion!

  7. Anna Fouts
    June 16, 2009 | 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that God always has more planned for us than what we end up with when we insist on taking matters into our own hands! Even “ole dogs” can learn new tricks. Where’s that scripture that contains “and a little child shall lead them”…?