I picked up my dry cleaning yesterday. It was actually two separate tickets, so that says something about the lack of urgency of my dry cleaning routine. When they say, “It’ll be ready tomorrow by five,” I courteously reply with thanks. If I wanted to reply in kind I’d say, “No rush. See you in a few weeks.”
There is the rare occasion when I realize I need something that quick. A wedding or funeral demands a quicker pickup. So I’m more in the “I’ll see you then” mode. I’m in need, and I’m expecting them to deliver.
If we aren’t paying attention, we can treat God like the dry cleaner. We pull up in the drive-thru lane, drop off our needs, say thanks, and go about our day without much urgency. No big deal. Unless it’s that rare occasion. Then we might actually be more demanding of him than we are the dry cleaner.
To be clear, He isn’t the dry cleaner.
He doesn’t say, “You tell me when you need it, and I’ll get right on that.” He’s not a business owner needing your business in order to keep the doors open. He’s not in the business of keeping you satisfied.
But here’s a question: What about those desperate times when you are truly in need of support, or connection, or at least an acknowledgment that He’s there? We understand in that moment He isn’t going to completely solve our issue, but can He at least let us know He’s on the job. We aren’t an irate customer; more like a hurting son or daughter.
Recently I found myself torn between treating him like the dry cleaner, fully knowing He isn’t, and like my heavenly Father. I won’t share all the dialogue, but suffice it to say it was more than a short conversation in the drive-thru.
And what He did was what He promises to do. He heard my cry. He didn’t totally solve my issue, but He gave me what I needed to get back on the road. His answer to my question, “What are you doing?” was, “Whatever it is, I’ll give you the strength for it.”
And that was enough-especially when I stopped acting like His customer and more like His child.
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