When I was young my mother would bake from time to time. Sometimes I would get so excited. She would give me the bowl to lick the batter while I waited for the cake to bake. I would sit contentedly with my finger and my spoon in and out of the Tupperware. I’d be wrapped in a pink comforter, watching a good movie, with my bowl. Oftentimes, by the time the cake was ready I didn’t want it anymore. I was content with what I already received.
The treat that was given to hold me over became better than what I anticipated. I started to anticipate the batter and the bowl. I started to look forward to the process more than the finished product.
When did you stop enjoying the process? When did you become addicted to instant gratification? Don’t shake your head with that “no, not me” look. Yes, you! Why do you want the glorious rewards of your future TODAY?
What about dinner? What about finishing the meal God has prepared to sustain you and make you stronger, before you dive into desert? Thank Him for giving you a bowl to lick. Be thankful for the patience the process will instill in you.
Lick the bowl and enjoy it! The struggle is yours and specifically designed to give you the tasty tomorrow you are craving.