When I was in third grade, my most important possession was my little pink bike with pom-poms. I remember riding it to school and feeling as if I didn’t have a care in the world! Then one day I began to notice that all the older kids were riding ten-speeds. Suddenly, my little pink bike went from cute and wonderful to old and outdated. It then became my goal to convince my mom that I was ready for my very own ten-speed for my ninth birthday, which happened to be just a few months away.
I remember waking up the morning of my birthday filled with excitement. I proceeded down the stairs and looked all over the house for my bike, but to my dismay no bicycle was in sight. My special day was filled with birthday festivities and just before I headed upstairs to bed, my mom called me into the living room. And there it was…my royal blue ten-speed bike with a huge bow on it!! My birthday (so I thought) had just been made complete!
The next morning, my mom began to show me the various differences between my little pink bike and my new ten-speed. She explained how I was now supposed to brake by using my hands instead of my feet and that I needed to change gears depending on the type of terrain I was riding on. I felt a bit overwhelmed, but I did not want my mom to know I was afraid – after all, I had begged her everyday for this bike. My first ride was going well until I began to fly down a hill and the vision of me flipping over the handlebars due to breaking too fast filled my mind. I barely stopped the bike before a traffic intersection. I remember looking over to my mom and crying, “Mom, I’m not ready for a ten-speed.” The truth was, I wasn’t ready to handle such a large bike at that time. And little did I know, but I was learning a very important spiritual lesson that has helped me tremendously throughout my adult life.
How many times have we begged God for something and when we didn’t receive it in our time frame, we began to either pout or doubt? I believe from the bottom of my heart that God never withholds anything good from us; He only sets us up to be blessed. God is the ultimate promise keeper. If He has promised us something, we will receive it in due time. Sometimes when our promises are delayed, it’s because God knows that we are not ready to handle them.
It is through the times of waiting that we are humbled and tested to see what is within our hearts (Deuteronomy 8:2). Will we grumble and complain or will we trust Him as we wait? When God brings forth His promises, He loves us enough to make sure that we are mature enough to handle them because He wants us to succeed.
Whatever promise from heaven you are waiting on, remember that God is faithful to fulfill His promise and He never withholds anything good from those who trust in Him.
“Lord, I am so grateful that every good and perfect gift comes from heaven above! Please forgive me for pouting or doubting when I don’t get what I want! I choose to trust You this day and ask that you prepare me to receive every promise that is mine. Amen.”