Christmas’ Impatient Surprise

My son is absolutely the most impatient person I’ve ever met!  He cracks me up.  Christmas is incredibly painful for him, and it was much worse when he was younger because the waiting to open presents was just unbearable to him.  He’s not a fan of surprises at all.  We’ve been working on this deficit, but even now, in high school it remains a struggle of his.

The other day, I was helping him clean his room and I saw tissue paper sticking out of his closet and asked what it was.

Immediately, he informed me it was my Christmas gift, then admitted he didn’t hide it very well.  I didn’t even see the bag it was in, and kept on cleaning.  Then he takes the bag out of his hiding spot and asked me to open it.

I explained that I wanted to wait for Christmas, but he begged me, and reminded me how bad he hates to wait.  So…being the curious mom that I am, I obeyed his wish and found the most beautiful necklace.  I was very excited, but I still had to wait for the big day to be able to wear it with pride.

Many of us are very impatient just like my son, myself included.  We don’t want to wait for the good things in life.  We want everything when we want it.  Yesterday.

As I read Isaiah 40:30-31, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint,” it really got me thinking how sometimes our impatient nature can hold us back from our destiny because we aren’t willing to wait for what we are wishing or praying for.

How many of us are guilty of that?  Being too impatient to wait on our gifts, just like my son and my Christmas gift.  If we put our trust in the Lord, he will give us what is best for us.  It might not be what we prayed for, or hoped for, but in the end it is what we were supposed to have.  Just like the necklace my sweet, sweet son chose for me, I couldn’t have picked out anything more “Me” that what he chose.  He knew exactly what I would love.  Was it what I would have asked for?  No, it’s even better than I could have ever imagined!

Sometimes we have to let go of the control that we want to have over our lives and stop waiting for what we think we need.  Instead, trust and believe in what the Lord has for us, and we just might rise higher than we ever thought we could.

The waiting part is the hard part, but just take it day by day.  Stop praying for what you think you want for Christmas– or life, and start giving God praise that he is working things out for your best.  You might just end up like me, with the most incredible gift ever!

Thank you my kind son for giving me something that I absolutely love and that I didn’t even know I wanted!

Merry Christmas Everyone!