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A number of years ago, I had my faithful traveling companions, Jaz and Peanut with me–and Peanut was in dire need of a haircut. The barbershop I took him to, not only does a phenomenal job with kids, they also give lollypops to the kids, even if they don’t get a service. How nice is that?! Once the kids chose their treats, I told them to put them away until after we ate dinner. Veggies before sugar, right?
When we got home, I thought it best to collect the lollipops and pass them out after dinner. Peanut happily produced his lollypop, while Jaz hesitated and told me her stick broke. I told her that was fine, just hand it over. In addition to the broken stick, the wrapper was barely hanging on, obviously in an attempt to quickly re-wrap it. When I asked why it was open, after I was clear about NOT opening it, she replied “I wanted to see what color it was”. Well, it’s a good thing she enjoyed it with her eyes, because she did not get to enjoy her treat, even with the sad face and tears.
I know, I know, that seemed a little harsh? Not really. Let’s take a look at four lessons God taught me from this one situation.
- Patience: When God clearly to tells wait, He MEANS it. There is a reason that we can’t have what we want when we want it. Remember when your/a child thought could make wise choices in fashion, makeup, friends and other life decisions at the age of six? Remember how much “wisdom” we possessed at age 16? Our parents had to suffer through that period and correct our thinking. In God’s infinite wisdom, He knows when the best time is to be blessed, even though WE think we know better. Romans 9:19-21 asks how the creature going to tell the Creator what’s best? When we look at it that way, it helps us to back down and trust His process.
- Resisting temptation: This is a tough one–I know the shiny lollypop was alluring to Jaz–and we are no different as adults. When something looks good to our flesh, we want it and now. Things that look good surface-wise, are not necessarily beneficial in the short or long term. How many of us have learned that over the years? Don’t go back there! We have to ask God for the power to leave it alone. Period. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13).
- Haste makes waste: running ahead of my instructions cost Jaz her lollypop, so it was wasted. She had to wait until we go again to get another one, which wouldn’t be for a long time. When we go outside of God’s divine will, He will allow us to do what we want often at a high price, including wasted time, emotions, money, energy, strength, resources, and then we likely have to wait a long time before we get what God had for us in the first place. Lamentations 3:26 says it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
- Consequences: The Bible is clear that there are consequences for disobedience. While God is good and plenteous in mercy, sometimes His mercy is not taking us out of here right away when we mess up. Recalling Adam and Eve (Genesis 3), they clearly disobeyed and while God spared them, there was still a punishment. Esau sought repentance with tears and still lost out on his birthright and blessing (Hebrews 12:17). Is the thing that is clearly outside of God’s divine will worth losing out on blessings, favor or even missing out on Heaven? Surely not! For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing, than for evil doing (1 Peter 3:17).
The bottom line: There will always be times where we feel frustrated with waiting, not understanding why things haven’t changed yet, why another trial, where is my blessing, maybe I should “help” God out–that’s natural! There will be times we mess up and go ahead of God–thank God He’s willing to forgive when we ask! And He wants us to learn from our experience rather than choose to make to wrong decisions repeatedly.
We also have to remind ourselves with the help of God, that He does really have out best interest in mind…Matthew 7:11 tells us so! And since we will never know better or more than Jesus, let’s purpose in our hearts to take Him at His Word! Amen? Amen!
Which part of what we talked about is a struggle for you? Mine is the patience—the Lord is yet teaching me how to wait on Him. Otherwise the wait gets a LOT longer! Let me know in the comments section so we can continue our chat.
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4 thoughts on “The Lollipop Lesson”
Ooowee! This was RICH! You were walking hard. It ALL applied to me. I’ve spent most of my life like a rudderless ship, hopping in and out of horrendous situations because of my wild emotions, lack of discipline, and plain ol’ disobedience. No one could tell me anything and though I was in church, I was so busy with “churchwork” that as long as I was alto section leader, leading praise and worship, teaching, Sunday School, and everything else they had me doing, I halfway thought I was ok. I was WRONG. I was a whole entire mess and stayed that way a long time. I wanted ALL the lollipops and I wasn’t waiting. Whatever I wanted to do, I did it. I praise God that He didn’t end my life, but I suffered. I’m still reaping what I’ve shown, but I’m yet alive and my soul belongs to Jesus. By His grace, I’ll see Heaven. That’s all that matters now and I don’t even want to think about any more “lollipops”!!!!😂😂😂
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Angel has entered the building! I need to like this comment 100 times over! And I know what you mean about the reaping–even years later. 😩My Pastor says we can ask God to help us through it and do NOT do it again. Trust me, with His help, I’m leaving the lollipops behind, too so I can see Jesus! GLORYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!
Your comment blessed me! Thank you!❤️
Great lesson! I know I’m just as bad as the children with waiting and timing for God’s promises.
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Sis…I hear you! We’re pray for one another and look for the Lord to help us with this stronghold!
You did my heart good stopping by. Please do so anytime!