Have you ever been in the middle of fixing a big dinner and you’re rushing around trying to get things finished up when somebody steps in and starts “trying to help”? They start washing serving bowls you’re trying to fill with food or take dishes to the table before you’ve finished preparing them or the worst, turning off the oven when you’re not done with it yet. You know they have good intentions but can’t they see you have it under control? You have everything timed out and their “help” is not helping!!
Take a minute and picture God as this master chef taking whatever the world serves you and turning it into amazing dishes. Think of all the magnificent things He could be cooking up! Maybe He’s cooking up something to make your marriage stronger or your kids self-sufficient? A nice serving of strength and self-sufficiency sounds great as long as the dish is not TOO spicy. After all, sometimes the path to God’s blessings can be a little hard to swallow. .. a little scary. Why? Because some blessings come from hardship. Maybe you start to think “I’m happy to give my life to God but He probably needs a little help cooking things up for me. After all, what if He makes something I don’t like?” So you turn to God as He’s cooking and ask “Hey, Heavenly Father, anything I can do to help?”
Sometimes the Lord says “Sure. You can help.” Then He asks you to do something scary like tell your spouse you feel they’ve become more distant or tell your adult child that living at home means paying rent. Needless to say this was not what you had in mind. You thought helping God cook up a dish for your life meant something easy like tossing the salad or putting ice in the glasses.
Perhaps the only thing more frightening than God telling you to do something to help Him cook, is Him telling you to do nothing. Sometimes God just wants you to stay out of the kitchen. Your only role is to wait and let Him work. Hospital waiting rooms are typical places to wait on the Lord. So are follow-up interviews and your kid’s bedroom after they move out.
Sitting and not helping as I watch God cooking up dishes can make me nuts. I know Isaiah 12:2 says “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.” But when things look scary, trusting God for my future is hard. The only defense I have is to remember the things I trust down to my very core. I trust that God loves me. I trust that God is good. I trust that God loves my friends and family even more than I do. I trust that He can do all things and I trust that He will never forsake me. These are the things that lead me to place myself in God’s hands and know that whatever this life serves me, it will always be at a table set for two: one place setting for me and one for the Lord.