The kids were buckled up in the back of the truck as we drove down the road this last week. Dan shared a story with us about George when he was just a little guy that struck a chord in me. Today I want to share this story with you, as I hope it brings you comfort in the waiting. This is a journal entry from my husband’s journal.
The Donut House, 2017By Dan Rodewald
One of George’s favorite things to do is go to the Donut House and get a blue googly-eyed donut. Occasionally, we buy one extra donut to save for another time. That evening George was pestering me as usual about his second donut. So, I told him that if he hears me wake up in the early morning for work, then come and get me and I would get his donut for him. Thank goodness that worked because he finally dropped it. The next morning, I got up as usual to get ready for work and had forgotten about my offer, therefore I wasn’t anticipating his arrival. So, here I was in the bathroom getting ready when I heard a faint noise outside the bathroom door. I always keep the door closed in the morning so the light does not wake up Emily. Regardless, several minutes later I opened the bathroom door and it wasn’t the cat, Alfredo like I had assumed, it was my favorite first born child, George. There he stood, blanket in one hand and his little stuffed animal, Jeffy in the other. He was half asleep with his eyes barley open….waiting….patiently. “Good morning, daddy.” That melted my heart. I knew exactly what he wanted without him saying a word. Not only did I get his donut for him that I promised, but I delivered it on a platter, tucked him into the recliner with his blanket, a glass of milk, and his favorite TV show for the morning. George was in it for the donut, but he got so much more, perhaps because he was patient. Do we need to be more patient for God? Does God sometimes leave space to do what He wants, so when He delivers on His promises to us, it will far surpass our expectations? I do not want to be impatient and have God hand me my donut in the day-old bag it came in, if He would have His heart melt for me all over again because I was patient.
This story made me all teary. George and his patience was a great reminder to me and hopefully to you as well as we wait upon the Lord. This can seem like a challenging task, as we are witnesses to many unknowns it is easy to say, “what are you doing up there?” God IS in control, and we know according to Isaiah, that if we wait on the Lord, He will renew our strength. We will mount up on wings like eagles, we will run and not grow weary we will walk and not grow faint. This is the power of putting our trust, hope and expectations in the Lord. Whatever you may be waiting on today, may God renew your strength. I pray that as you contend for the promises of God and desires of your heart may He surpass all your expectations, dreams, and hopes.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31