I know it’s winter. But I love ice cream, and I believe it should be had all year round. So I was determined to have some today, even though the house is freezing and I had to put on the central heating two hours before schedule. So I got some yummy ice cream out of the freezer, got my bowl and a spoon, and proceeded to stick the spoon right in. But the ice cream was rock hard. I carried on hitting the top of the ice cream with my spoon until my hands hurt but all I could get out was a tiny, lousy scoop. As I stood there with my spoon in hand and empty bowl staring up at me, a thought came to me; ‘why don’t you just wait a few minutes and it’ll be a lot easier to get the ice cream out.’ I smiled and went up to my room. I knew the ice cream would be softer in less than 10 minutes.
Right now I’m sitting here enjoying some ice cream and drinking some tea (to counteract the effect of the cold ice cream, obviously). I’m also thinking about how we always want what we want, now! We don’t like to wait. Just like I felt I couldn't wait a few minutes, and I wanted my ice cream immediately, sometimes we feel like we just can’t wait for that ‘next big thing’ in our lives. Whether it’s for a new job or house, for marriage or to have a baby, or for a promotion.
Waiting isn’t fun.
But when we rush things in life, we sometimes end up struggling for what could have come easily to us if we had just waited. Or we end up with just slim pickings, when God actually wants to give us a bucket-load of ice cream. Or worse still, we end up hurting ourselves and others in the process.
There’s a bit in the Bible that says that there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the sun. It also goes on to say that God has made everything beautiful in its time. So, don’t be in a hurry. Enjoy where you’re at. Take in the view, marvel at the scenery. Soon, you’ll be onto the next phase of your life, and trust me, you don’t want to miss what’s happening right now.