Check out line happiness

Imagine you’re on a trip with your family.

You stop at a fun store on the way and everyone rushes in. All is going well, the baby didn’t have a blow out, the toddler has been unusually good and obeyed your every command. Then you head to check out.

Now I know you all are aware of what check out counters have all around them. Unicorns, dinosaurs, chocolate, candy… you get the picture.

Guess who else sees heaven right in front of their eyes.. the toddler.

I don’t even need to elaborate, you know where this is going. Do you ever get to places in your life where things have been going fabulously? You finished school, you got the job, you got the guy/girl and you got the house. All seems wonderful.

Then you see the unicorn.

You want the unicorn.

Life can’t go on unless you get that dang overly stuffed, gold horn, shiny unicorn.

Like mom and dad in the checkout line who tells the toddler NO, God tells us no sometimes. How do you handle that no? Do you sull-up, pout, throw an all out temper tantrum and find your own way to get it?

Or, do you bow your head, turn around and know deep down that later on God will deliver the unicorn in a much better way. Better than you could ever imagined.

All the check-out line toys are cheap, poorly made marketing schemes to make parents cave and prevent the tantrums. It’s the same way in our adult lives. Those things we desire are a lot of times shallow versions of what God can do.

At a real early age I decided I wanted to be a nurse anesthetist. I was faced with obstacle after obstacle before I achieved my ultimate goal. The two main obstacles were people telling me my grades weren’t good enough, and they basically told me I needed to pick a different path.

Boy did I prove them wrong. Ironically those people that told me no, challenged me. The no’s became my ammunition to move on and be better.

The beautiful thing about all of the no’s are, they led me on the path God intended. I didn’t marry the guy I thought I was going to, I didn’t go to the school I dreamed of going to, but I did gain a life I couldn’t have ever imagined myself.

The goals I made were self serving. The life God gave me now glorifies Him. He gets ALL the praise. If I had not laid it all down I don’t even want to imagine where I would be today.

Are you still shopping the checkout line? Are you begging for things that will lift you up?

A couple of weeks ago I talked about being tired and run down by all the “things”. A beautiful thing about Jesus, when you pray about EVERYTHING, he is going to tell you “no”on some things. The no’s will save you from heartache and prevent you from taking on too much.

A lot of times the things we want are really good things. We may want to lead a bible study, sing that amazing elevation worship song at church, lead children’s classes, run events or attend an upcoming retreat. Those are wonderful things but God has a beautiful plan that ends in glorifying Him, not us.

“What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.” James 4:15-16 NLT

His plans are perfect, His ways are good and if you stop and pray about everything, right down to what you are supposed to wear, then He will be uplifted and you will be blessed beyond measure.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 NLT

Be ok with no, move forward and be excited for the yes. The yes will knock your socks off and the no will help you grow.