A few days ago, I picked up my two daughters. When they jumped in the truck they were going on and on about their favorite Christmas present– hover boards. In the few short days they’d had the boards, they had what seemed like an endless amount of things to say about them.
Their conversations were about how fast the boards could go; or about the times they fell. They said they even finally cleaned their room just so they could quietly ride the boards inside the room. And my youngest, Kaydence, even said, “I wish I could take my hover board everywhere because I love riding it.”
Kids are funny and entertaining. They also help bring scripture to life if we’ll just observe how and why they do certain things.
After three days of the girls being away from their hover boards, I heard some negotiating going on that made me laugh. Kaydence told Kamryn, “If you let me play on your phone for an hour, I’ll let you have my hover board when we get home.”
I felt like I was witnessing the conversation between Esau and Jacob, when Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of stew (Genesis 25:30-33). It made me laugh because of (1) how uneven of a trade it was and (2) because of how desperate Kaydence was for some entertainment.
Kaydence was willing to give up the very thing she couldn’t stop talking about in exchange for just one hour of entertainment. Her desire for entertainment had grown stronger than her feelings for her board.
And here’s what I pulled from this whole thing: She didn’t have to negotiate. She had two other options– to be okay with waiting a couple of hours because she was about to be where the boards were, or ask me for my phone without having to negotiate.
Both options remind me of two different scriptures.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).
I love the definition the Strong’s Concordance gives for the word wait: to bind together, to collect; to expect.
When you find yourself in a moment of desperation and about to forfeit your long term vision for a moment of satisfaction, regather yourself, get your thoughts back in order, make your request known to God and expect Him to move.
Here’s a promise you can bind yourself to as you wait, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure” (1 Corinthians 10:13).