Seems like it has been forever in a day since I have been able to write a blog…well I guess because it has been forever in a day since my last post. Lately God has been removing many things from my life…of course for my good, but when God is whipping you into shape…at times it can be overwhelming…but through it all…His grace is sufficient to sustain us through each phase of our journey.
I remember a story that I heard about 10 years ago. I was listening to a sermon from T.D. Jakes and he began to speak on denial. There was a young boy…ummm I would say around 13 or 14 years old. His father had a pocket watch he so desperately wanted. The pocket watch was an heirloom passed down from father to his oldest son at the age of 16. The son was excited because he knew in a few short years that the watch would be his. As the day approached closer and closer to his 16th birthday, the boy was brimming with excitement. Sometimes when the father would sleep…the last boy would go in his father’s room and try on the watch. Finally, it was the boys 16th birthday and it was his time to receive the watch. His birthday came and went…but his father never game him the watch. The son thought that maybe his father just forgot about the watch…until he seen his father still wearing the watch every day.
A few years went passed and the son actually despised the watch. What was so special about the watch that his father didn’t give it to him? His father received the watch on his 16th birth date…just like his grand-father and great grand-father…but why not him? Another year or two goes passed and it is the son’s 21st birthday. His father walks in his room and sits on the bed next to his son. His father begins to talk to him about life. Meanwhile, mid conversation he hands his son a box. The son opens the box and it is the watch. Astonished and amazed…the son is speechless. Before the son could even say a word his father says to him, “Son, I waited to give you this watch. Not because you did not deserve it, not because it is not yours, but because you were not ready.”
This is what God does to us…a delay in the outcome doesn’t mean that there is a denial with the blessing. Often God wants us in position to receive what He has in store for us. If He gives it to us sooner than we are supposed to have it…we will never began to appreciate the importance of the gift that He has entrusted us with. Through our immaturity, we will either not nurture it properly or completely neglect it. What I have learned over time…age does not signify maturity…it is merely a barometer that gets you one day closer to death. True maturity is quantified by actions.
So…the next time you want something extremely bad and don’t receive it…If God promised it to you…it is yours…but in due time. Be great stewards over small things…and He will make you a steward over many. See even though God knows the outcome…it is you that must make the correct decisions in life. Place yourself firmly rooted in God’s promise…remember a delay is not necessarily a denial…sometimes it just means…not right now!