The Opposite of Striving

It’s her current ten-year-old obsession. She asks every day.

“What if I get straight A’s on my report card? What if I do extra chores? Please, Mom, I’ll do anything.”

It kills me to see her approach me with such sincerity, to know the lengths she would go to get an immediate yes, but I stay the course. I’ve learned a thing or two about the fullness of time in my almost four decades.

What she doesn’t know is that her heart’s desire, the doll she has wanted for weeks on end, has already been purchased. It is cleverly concealed, waiting for just the right time to be revealed to her. Too soon, and she would cease believing in Christmas magic.

Still, I empathize. Sometimes, the striving seems like the only way to get a yes. But what she doesn’t yet understand is that sometimes, the yes has already been given.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. — Ps. 27:14 (NIV)

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