I love cooking, always have ever since I was a little girl. From playing childhood games, pretending to be mom and cooking mud food to actually sneaking in the kitchen when mum was at work to try and make pancakes that ended up in the dustbin because they were not well cooked (haven’t we all done that at some point.) Let’s just say passion for cooking goes way back.
Now I won’t stand and claim that am the best chef (even the bible says we should always humble ourselves and wait for God to elevate us, lol) but I can attest that I cook from my heart and nothing excites me more than trying out new recipes. On that same degree, nothing irritates me more than preparing food for someone who won’t let you cook it your way. People who keep flooding you with instructions on what to do and how to do and why to do it. People who won’t just sit pretty and wait to be surprised. People who’ll claim they want to eat your food but end up over instructing you and eventually take over the cooking.
The other day I was making pork chops for my family and someone (not mentioning names) almost tried getting in the way of my recipe. I remember slowly getting agitated and as I tried to shake it off the Holy Spirit gently whispered to me “Isn’t this how it always appears when we try to help God in His work?” I instantly froze and felt all the pettiness melt away. The reality of that truth slowly dawned on me as I flashed back and replayed all the scenes in my life when I had done the exact same thing, only this time I was doing it to God. All the prayers I make instructing God just exactly how I want Him to answer them and when He should answer them. And boy haven’t I done that one too many times.
Most recently the request I was making about the kind of husband I think I need. Yes, “think” because let’s be honest, we don’t know what we will need in a man five years to come so we only settle for what we feel we need (most likely want) at the moment. But God knows our lives from the end and only He can tell where, what and who we will be in the next five years. So isn’t it wise to only let Him guide, direct and order our steps? Despite recognizing this fact, it’s funny how we always want to step in and help God choose our spouse. We come to him with our own list & specifications and if we are honest with ourselves, most of those desires are often outside God’s will for us. We forget that God supplies where He calls us to and He only funds His ideas. God makes provision grow wherever He is. If we go and position ourselves to provide for what God has called us to do, then it’s not Him.
The other day I shared my ‘ wish list’ with my close friend and her response was it seemed I was asking God for clay so I could create my own man, lol. Now, it’s not wrong to pray and share our dreams and desires with God, after all He has promised that if we take delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. (Psalms 37:4) But the bible also says that even before we ask, He knows what we need and knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and not harm us, plans to give us a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11). And He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within. (Ephesians 3:20)
So it goes back to us; to decide to trust in His word and promises and let Him work it out all for our good. To believe that He hears us when we pray and He is always ready to fulfill His good, perfect and pleasing will in our lives if we let Him. Mostly above all, that He is very capable of doing it on His own so no, thanks, He doesn’t need our help, He needs our obedience. Same way the chef doesn’t need help in making your order, all he needs is your patience as he whips out your meal. And in the end our patience will be rewarded when our prayers are answered and we get to taste and see that the Lord is good.
I don’t know what you are trusting God for in your life, maybe it’s that job, or healing, or a breakthrough in some area, or a relationship… the list is endless. Some of your prayers you can’t even share with people, you can only cry out your heart. But rest in this, God knows your heart, He knows you intimately, even the hairs of your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:30). God knows all your desires, your wants and above all your needs. He knows what will work best for you because you are His best prized creation, so much so He made you in His image and likeness. And before you were formed, He already had this magnificent plan for your life.
All He now requires from you is that you trust Him with your life and walk in obedience the path He sets before you. And I am confident of this, that you shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. It may tarry but wait on the Lord, be strong and take heart. He is not a man that He will lie so is His word that goes out from His mouth. It will not return to Him empty but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.
So Trust & Obey & Hold on to His promises.