My goddaughter’s grandmother prepared a skillet to make hot water cornbread. If you’re from the southern U.S., you know hot water cornbread consists of heating oil in a cast iron skillet and frying a cornmeal mixture shaped into rounds. Obviously excited to partake of the hot water cornbread, my goddaughter decided to help her grandmother prepare it. When her grandmother wasn’t looking, she poured hot water into the cast iron skillet. As you can imagine, no one had hot water cornbread that night. She didn’t understand that the hot water goes into the cornbread, not the skillet.
Like my goddaughter, we become excited when God is telling us that something awesome will happen in our lives. We’re so excited about what is to come that we decide to give God a hand in making it happen. Then, disaster ensues. Although not asked, I raise my hand because this has happened to me.
I become excited about great things God reveals to me. I want to start right away. I start planning and executing forgetting to consult God until reality hits. Then, I remember Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV, which says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.” I trust that whatever He has said will happen, but it is the “lean not unto thine own understanding” and the “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths” parts that I sometimes forget. These parts are crucial. Remember the mess Abraham and Sarah created when they leaned on their “own” understanding and how it continues to affect us even today.
When God tells us something, believe it! However, let us patiently wait on his timing and his direction. Like my goddaughter, we may think we understand how God will bring a promise to pass, but God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are not our ways. See Isaiah 55:8-9. Remember He sees the entire picture from beginning to end, and we see the cast iron skillet on the stove only. #LiveEmpowered