There once was a boy who was six months away from his eighteenth birthday. Almost an adult now, he wanted nothing more than to have his own car. All his friends had their own car, but he was still taking the bus to school. Anytime he wanted to go somewhere, he had to find a ride, walk, or ride his bike. It just wasn’t fair.
After six months of working odd jobs, he was able to save $2,000. He went down to the local car dealer to see what he could afford. The pickings were slim on such a meager budget. He could use the money as a down payment, but he would need a cosigner; his dad wasn’t agreeing to that! Defeated, he began looking for used cars online.
His dad persuaded him to have his uncle, who was a mechanic, check out the cars before he agreed to buy one. Every single car had something wrong with it! Finally, the day before his birthday, he realized he needed to save more money.
The next morning, his dad asked him to go check the mail. As he walked outside, he saw a car in the driveway with a big bow on top. His dad had bought him a car! Unbeknownst to the boy, his dad had been saving money for years to send him into adulthood in style. It had all the bells and whistles, and a warranty to boot! He couldn’t believe his eyes.
Sometimes, we feel God has forgotten us. We see all our friends get the blessings we long for. We have hope that it will be our turn someday, but we get tired of waiting. We try to get the blessing with our own strength, on our own terms.
But God doesn’t want us to have a broken-down car, a lukewarm marriage, or a job we can’t stand. He wants the best for us. We must keep trusting that He has our best interest in mind and wait for the fulfillment of His perfect will. Jeremiah 29:11 is familiar to most of us. It reads-
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I know the waiting is hard. I know it seems like it’s never going to end- never going to be your turn. But we have another promise to cling to: Romans 8:28- And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. It may not feel good now, but it will be good in the end. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Keep believing.