Birthday celebrations are lovely times at my son’s preschool. Among other things, we always receive beautiful party packs and goody bags. Since we have been going there, we’ve had so many party packs with lovely gifts and over time, and over time, I’ve even had cause to give some of them away.
On one of such birthday celebrations, my son was given a pack which contained a lovely blue Paw Patrol car. To be quite honest, I don’t remember when this pack was given or whose birthday it was. Usually, when I receive a pack, I would pick out the edible goodies and keep the remaining content of the bag till further notice. Only in the case of this bag, after removing the edible items, I kept the bag somewhere different from the other and forgot all about it.
Recently, while I was searching for something else, I found the bag and the Paw Patrol car. A couple of days later, I gave the car to my son.
Now, here’s the juicy part: my son enjoyed receiving and playing with this car so much, much more than he would have enjoyed it if I had given it to him when we first got the party pack.
This is because, even though I didn’t plan it this way and had even forgotten about the party pack received months ago, my son just started watching the Paw Patrols kids show on TV about two weeks ago.
If he had received the car before he started watching the show, he would have liked the car as just any other car or toy. It wouldn’t have had a sweeter significance for him. But when I gave it to him now, his eyes lit up and he started identifying the show’s characters on the car and we sang the show’s song together. He has enjoyed carrying it around and playing with it, especially when the show is on. It was much sweeter and satisfying for him to receive it at the time he did and it was much sweeter and satisfying for me to give him at this time.
Naturally, as a spiritual person who loves looks out for insights from regular living occurrences, I gained a lesson:
We may have desires and petitions that not have been presented or given to us now. We may have even prayed and waited for them for a long time. We can hope in the fact that when we do receive them, the experience of having them would be more satisfying.
My son would not have truly appreciated the true worth of the Paw Patrol car if he had received it three weeks ago. But an incident made the difference – he started watching the programme and got to like the characters.
So, friend, what is that desire of yours? You can trust that God will eventually bring it into your life at a time that it will be better, sweeter and more satisfying. Perhaps, some other things just need to fall into place first. To cooperate with God, you can ask Him to show and lead you to play your own part and do the things you need to do.
When your expectations become a reality, may they be more rewarding, satisfying and in alignment with God’s perfect plan in Jesus Name.