As a child of the 80s I love the movie The Karate Kid. And if you’ve seen the movie who can forget, “wax on, wax off” and “paint the fence.” Mr. Miyagi agrees to train Daniel in the art of Karate, but it seems to Daniel that he is just being given menial chores to do. But Daniel does it. He waxes Mr. Miagi’s cars, paints his fence, and sands his deck.
Until...Daniel gets fed up. Daniel is about to quit when Mr. Miyagi puts it all together for him. He tells him to sand the floor and wax on, and he then realizes Mr. Miyagi was training his muscles for the moves he would need for Karate. It really wasn’t about waxing or painting, but Miyagi was training him the whole time! Great stuff!
Do you know out of love God will train you? Yep, and I’m convinced and one of his greatest tools to train you is when he makes you wait.
You see we will all wait on something. Some are waiting for an answer to a prayer, others for a season in life to change - for suffering to stop, for health to return. Some are waiting for a soulmate, for kids, a house. I’m not sure what you’re waiting for, but I do know God out of love will make you wait.
I know that because the Bible is filled with examples of people who had to wait. Adam and Eve waited for the promised offspring to make right what went wrong, Noah waited for the flood, Joseph waited literally for his dreams to come true, Moses waited to enter a promised land he would never enter, David waited to be king, and a man named Abraham waited to have a son named Isaac.
But all the while they were waiting, and while we are waiting God is up to something. What is he doing? I’m convinced he is training us for the most important lesson we will learn. He is training us to learn what a relationship with him is all about.
For what happens when we wait? Some may seek God, and realize God is seeking them. In fact, if you’re currently waiting on something and wondering why - it could be that God right now is drawing you to him, calling you, saying, “I’m here, and I can help.”
What else happens when we wait? We talk to him. We cry out and pray fervently. We also start trusting. Trusting that it’s going to work out. We may search his promises and cling to what he has said. Promises like Jeremiah 29 that says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
And the funny thing is that after a while we realize God was doing a Mr. Miyagi. It was never about the house, or the marriage, or the kids, or the school we were waiting for. (Look at how Abraham was later tested with the child he waited on) Just as for Daniel it was never about waxing or painting. He was training us while were waiting to look to him, cling to him, and find how he is the greatest thing we might desire and he is here! God’s richest blessings to you! May seeking the Lord you find him! We invite you to find and learn more at Amazing Love.