My three year old’s favorite question is, “Right now?” She draws out the ‘now’ part into two syllables with a little southern lilt to it: “no-ow?” She looks at me with her eyes open wide, and even though the things she wants are impossible in the moment, I find myself wishing I could make them happen. For instance, we are playing at the park and she asks me if we can bake cookies. I answer, maybe later. That’s when the question comes, “Right no-ow?”
I understand how she feels. There are so many things I want right now, and most don’t seem to be as simple as a plate of cookies. Whenever I am going through a hard time I want things to be better, right now. When my children are going through behavioral growing pains I want them to act better, right now. When my family is sick I want us all well, right now.
The problem is that we don’t grow as much in the times when life is going just as it should. It is actually in the more difficult times that God is stretching and growing us. He is teaching us patience and hope in Him. He is also giving us an opportunity to have faith in Him and His perfect timing.
The really amazing thing though, is even as God is saying, “Not yet,” we can still ask Him questions, just as my little girl feels safe to ask me questions. Don’t you love that about God? He is completely approachable and loves to hear from us, even if we have a little whine in our voice, “Right no-ow?”
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” I Peter 1:6-7