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“Stop! Wait! Not right now!”, that means that the Lord is working on something special for you. Sometimes, I get super impatient with the speed which the Lord moves. Unfortunately, since childhood, I have always been a “Hurry up, do it right now” kind of girl. This mindset may be great for ticking off the checkboxes, but are the tasks done with excellence? Usually not, at least for me a task can be riddled with errors, or worse I can ruin what I am working on. We should stand fast not in what each of us do but in what the Lord is doing. The Lord is the epitome of excellence, He can’t be anything but! That should restore in us hope while waiting on Him. Think of it this way, what would happen if you didn’t let your cake bake all the way? It wouldn’t be a cake but more of a mess that tasted sorta-kinda like cake, right? When God has your proverbial cake in the oven don’t run up and take it out halfway through the baking time! Let it finish baking!

DING! Oh, there it is! Yippee it’s coming out of the oven, now… But you still can’t have it just yet. Have you been there? You are staring at your blessing, but God says, NOT YET! We justify that it’s “fresh out of the oven” and it’s the time to pounce! But a good baker lets the cake cool. Have you ever tried to add icing to a straight-from-the-oven cake? I have way more times than I would like to admit. Every time the icing would melt right off the cake, and my impatience would reward me with even more frustration that I caused myself. God wants the best for us, even if we don’t want to wait for it. Let me tell you the joy and the appreciation I have when I force myself to wait for the request to be fulfilled is like none other. Don’t grow weary in the “Not right now!”, find joy in the moment you are in.

“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5 & 6