Don’t know if you’ve ever done this before, but sometimes when I’m planning on eating a good meal at one of my favorite restaurants, I won’t eat earlier that day. I want to be able to enjoy every bite of my food.
The anticipation is part of the experience.
But…my stomach doesn’t like this idea.
So, as I was on my way to meet my parents at a steakhouse, I was at a stoplight next to a McDonalds. I could smell the burgers and fries in the air (do they pump it out just to get us hungrier?!) and I thought, “I could just stop for something to hold me over.”
Then I snapped out of it, because I was going to get a juicy steak, medium-rare, with a perfectly baked potato topped with sour cream.
I made it to steakhouse and it was totally worth the wait!
Now, I wasn’t “suffering” so to speak, but it did remind me of Romans 8:18 –
“what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory God will reveal to us later.”
How often in my spiritual life do I go for the fast food fix instead of waiting for the steak and potatoes?
It happens every time I’m going to open the Bible app on my phone but I forget I was supposed to text someone, so I do that instead.
It happens when I’m in the car and I’m going to use that time to pray, but I decide to just sit in silence.
It happens when I hit snooze, knowing that I am sleeping away the few quiet minutes I can have with God before my three children wake up.
Yeah, those fast food fixes feel good for a little while, but the stuff that will really sustain us takes some more work. Work that is always worth the wait.