A Microwave God

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February 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

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By:  Staci Stallings

Some of you may recall the posts I did about our great pumpkin pie escapade back in the fall.  If you recall, the first time we tried to make a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin, it took 7 1/2 hours and all the dishes in my kitchen to accomplish that.  I said at the time, “No wonder our ancestors were thin!  It took all that work to make one little pie.”

Yes, we live in a very different world.

We have lights that will stay on and give us light all night if we want.  If we want to know something about some obscure something that 99% of the population doesn’t even care about, we can hop on our computers, go online, do a search, and in 1.2 seconds have 100,001 possible places to go read about that.

We don’t have to go to the library, search through microfilm or dusty periodical listings to find out who Time’s Man of the Year in 1938 was (Adolf Hitler).  In fact, we don’t have to even know how to use the Dewey decimal system at all to find all we would ever want to know about anything.

Everything these days seems to happen at the touch of a button.  Want to watch the news?  You don’t have to wait until 6 p.m. like we used to.  Turn it on and flip to five different channels–not only do you not have to wait, you get your choice of what news to watch!  Financial newsPolitical newsSports news.  24/7.  7 days a week.

And if that’s not fast enough for you to find out who won today’s hockey game, you can go online and in seconds, not only do you know who won but who scored the most goals, who got called for high-sticking, and what the outlook for the play-offs looks like.

In fact, over the summer since I don’t get the All-Baseball-All-the-Time channel like my dad, when he comes to my house, he comes in here, gets on the computer and “watches” the game.  Yes, it’s not streaming… yet.  But that day will be here in no time.

Let’s say sports is not your thing.  You’re into old movies instead.  You’re writing a paper and you want to know the exact wording of that line in Casablanca.  You have several options and none of them involve going down and renting the movie!  You can buy it instantly on iTunes or download it from NetFlix.  You can go online and Google the line, and YouTube will probably have a recording of it.

To say we live in amazing times is an understatement!

But with all this instantaneousness, we’ve kind of gotten programmed (spoiled) into thinking that whatever we think we need, want, or think about should happen… NOW!  Or better yet 10 minutes ago.

We don’t spend 7 1/2 hours on a pie.  We get one at the store we can microwave.  We don’t spend 2 hours at the library researching a paper.  We type in what we want, and the computer shows it to us in 1.3 seconds.

But here’s the problem with all that instant-access to solve every problem.

God doesn’t work like that.  Our God not a Microwave God.

God’s solutions take time… sometimes years and eternities to work out.  Often we can’t see anything happening.

It’s like my son pulling his plant out of the soil to see if it was growing.  We want to see it working, see it moving us forward, see where we’re going and how fast we’re going to get there.

God’s “wait” often feels like God’s “no.”

And so we get frustrated and move on to microwaving our own answer.

Funny thing is, we’re kind of hard-wired to do that.  Abraham didn’t have a microwave, but he did the same thing with the slave girl.  God wasn’t working fast enough, so Abraham figured he’d help the process along.  Of course that made a mess of everything.  Just like our “helping it along” makes a mess of everything.

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That doesn’t mean we sit on our hands and do nothing, but there is power in the waiting.  There is strength from learning to be patient for the great and not jump on the mediocre simply because it showed up first.

How does this play out in your life?  I don’t know.  In mine, it is often in wanting to see RESULTS two seconds after I post something.  I post and then go and click to see the sales numbers.  :)   God doesn’t work like that.  God’s answers take time.  They take trust (like not pulling the plant out while it’s growing).  They take surrender.  They take doing what you can do and then putting it all in God’s hands.

It’s not easy.  Sometimes it’s harder than jumping in there and doing something about it.  But it is always, in the end, better to do it God’s way instead of expecting Him to microwave answers into your life.  Our God is not a Microwave God, and in the end, I think we are all better off because of that simple truth.

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