It’s 2 a.m., and my 6 week old daughter is flailing her little arms and legs in the air as I try to wrangle her into a fresh diaper.
It’s her usual wake up time- a diaper first, then a cuddle and a warm bottle to settle her back down for the rest of the night.
Tonight, the bottle warmer doesn’t seem to be going fast enough for her; her eyes well up with sad tears, and she starts to wail. Her arms pump in frustration- even offering a pacifier brings no comfort to her. I gently whisper, “Wait just a moment more, little one, the bottle is almost ready”. She doesn’t understand me, or know that a warm bottle will be better for her than the chilly one from the refrigerator. All she knows is her hungry tummy, and the anger of not being listened to or answered.
It makes me wonder if that’s how we look to God sometimes- like little children, with our pouting and crying when we ask for things. We don’t think he is listening, or answering quickly enough, or at all. How often have I prayed for something I wanted, and tearfully beg God for relief, only to be made to wait a little longer. I remember Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”.
It’s difficult to do that in this society that values immediate gratification. Even in situations that are heart wrenching, I wonder sometimes why doesn’t God deliver me immediately? Doesn’t he care for my pains? Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
But like my daughter- crying in the night- sometimes I can’t see that the thing I want most may not be ready for me. But, by waiting, it will be exactly what I need, in the exact time that I need it.
The bottle finally heated, my baby drinks quietly and drifts back to sleep. I imagine God whispering to me “Wait a moment more, little one”.