Daily Devotional

May 17, 2018

The Souvenir

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. – Psalm 25:5

While my family and I were on vacation, my seven-year-old daughter excitedly talked about spending her money on a souvenir. It seemed as though she wanted to buy something in every store we entered. Even when we went to a simple all-purpose store, she was eager to spend her money. I knew that her father was planning a surprise trip to Disney World, so I encouraged her to wait because “something better” was ahead, while trying not to spoil the surprise.

The day finally arrived when we went to Disney World. She was so glad that she had waited and saved her money. As I helped her choose a special souvenir, the thought came to me, Is this the way I am with the Lord?

At one time or another, we have probably all found ourselves in a position similar to my daughter’s—anxious for events to happen now. And when God tells us to wait, it does not always feel good. However, looking at the situation from a parent’s perspective can help us to wait patiently. As parents, we often tell our children to wait, either because the timing is not right or because something better is on the way. We would not tell them to wait unless there were a reason, and the Lord has promised to do the same for us. Scripture says, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).

When the Lord tells us to wait on a certain matter, we can trust His timing and be grateful for the good things he has planned for our future.Once we learn how to wait on Him, confident in His perfect plan, we can partake in the fullness of joy that God has in store for us.

Dear Lord, waiting is sometimes difficult, but my hope is in You alone. I know that as I obey Your will for my life, You will guide me in a blessed way. Amen.