Do you ever feel like Veruca Salt? Sure patience is a virtue, but I imagine we can all relate to the spoiled brat who shouted at Willy Wonka,
I want it and I want it now!
As I look down the road of my present circumstance, it stretches long before me and no matter how things turn out it’s all uphill without an exit in sight. If I could change it I would, but
If it were up to me, I would slam on the brakes, get out of the vehicle, change directions and leave this crash course I’m living. But,
it’s not up to me.
Some days I sing Veruca’s song
I want a party with roomfuls of laughter, Ten thousand tons of ice cream, And if I don’t get the things I am after,
I’m going to screeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEAM.
I may or may not have given in the urge to scream a few times, but
it never did any good.
Some days I even pray like Veruca
I want a flying glass elevator; I want a golden goose; give me that pen; I want to be first; get me one of those squirrels; I want one!
Only it’s not a glass elevator, golden goose, squirrel or a pen. But,
my desires to please myself are the same.
I want what I want and I want it now. Honestly, I still want to scream. Instead God says WAIT.
Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” NLT
He says TRUST
Psalm 118, “It is better to trust in the Lord than put confidence in man.” NKJV
He says SUBMIT
Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” NIV
Straight paths aren’t really what I’m worried about; it’s the rough terrain that’s killing me. Peace always comes when I settle into the ride, put my feet on the dashboard and let God navigate. I may even lean my head back and close my eyes while He steers. After all, He knows where we are going and how to get there and I trust He really does know best.
SETTLING FOR LESS THAN GOD’S BEST
Veruca’s parents indulged her every whim because they valued her happiness above her well-being. Ultimately, she was destroyed because she got what she wanted. I don’t want to be Veruca.Maybe unanswered prayers are God's way of withholding harm rather than good #Godknowsbest… Click To Tweet
Besides, as Willy Wonka said,
I thought a veruca was a type of wart you got on the bottom of your foot
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a wart, so I choose to be satisfied with what I have, surrender to God’s best plan for my life and follow hard after Him. I want what He wants and I want to go where He goes. He knows the way and He is the way..
Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ESV