And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
How often do we look at the bits and pieces God allows us to see, not knowing exactly how or where He is going to go with all of it, or to work it out for our own good? And yet oftentimes in these situations, we tend to get impatient because we’re so focused on the individual components and not the bigger picture God is setting up.
I don’t know about you, but I can certainly speak to that impatient part, first-hand.
There is a great analogy when it comes to being patient and allowing God to work His wonders, according to Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas…
“Sometimes I walk into the kitchen to see what my wife is cooking. She may be putting together a meal that does not look to me like it’s going anywhere. It’s a little of this and a little of that and a little of the other. I’ll say, ‘What are you making?’ She will answer, ‘Wait and see.’
“If I have the patience to wait while she puts her special touch to the meal, when it comes to the table all I can say is, ‘Delicious.’
“That’s how God works. He takes a little of this and a little of that and a little of the other that might not look too tasty on its own. Yet in His sovereignty, He can mix it, stir in a little omnipresence, add some omnipotence, a dash of grace, throw in a little goodness, mix in a little mercy, and combine it all together. Then, when it comes out of the oven, all you can say is, ‘Excellent.’
“But the only ones who can say ‘excellent’ are those who love God and are committed to His purpose. You’ve got to be on His agenda, not on your own. You’ve got to be following His path, not your own. It’s not, ‘Lord, this is what I want.’ Rather, it’s ‘Lord, what do You want?’ That is the question that defines a life lived in the abundance of the King and His kingdom.”
I think this sums it up rather nicely when we feel frustrated or unsatisfied with tasting just one or two “ingredients” God is working with. Allow Him the time to bake something really tasty before you pass judgment with just a small sampling of what He’s got cooking in the oven for you, friend. Then you’ll be much more satisfied when He presents the complete recipe to you.