Psalm 62:11 – Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God . . .
I watched a young mother with her child at the self-checkout. The mother was busy scanning her groceries and looking for the bar-code on each one, yet her other eye was on her child at all times. That special maternal hidden eye that follows in a 360 degree circle, always knowing, always seeing. The child wandered over to the candy dispenser and stuck her finger in the hole where the candy comes out. Nothing. She tried turning the knob but it wouldn’t budge because there was no quarter in the slot. She toddled over to her mother and tugged on her pant leg. The mother said ,”No. No candy.” The little girl went back to the candy dispenser, tried again and then returned to her mother. Tug, tug on the pant leg. Her mother didn’t speak again but the stern look told the child she’d already received her response. The little girl wasn’t going to change her mother’s mind on this. She sat on the floor pouting, but waited patiently until her mother had finished scanning and paying for the groceries.
Then, her mother smiled, reached into a bag and pulled out a banana. She broke off half and handed it to her child. The girl’s eyes lit up. She chomped on her banana, then clasped her mother’s hand as they walked out of the store with their groceries. It was then I realized some of the little candies in that dispenser were shaped like bananas.
What a God lesson. He is never too busy to not notice our needs and His eye is always upon us. He knows what we are really asking for even if we don’t. He knows what is good for us and when to give it to us. He speaks only once – if we ask again, we are met with silence to remind us He has already spoken on that matter. That in itself, just like the mother’s stern look, is the answer. It is our choice to obey and wait, or not.
Lord, may I be as obedient as that little girl and sit at your feet, waiting for Your perfect timing to provide what I really need