02 May God is Making Pancakes
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jer 29:11 NIV
God is making pancakes? What does that mean? We will get to that soon.
I have issues with my faith. As long as I have been in the church, I’ve always been taught that God is in control. Despite knowing this, I still can’t grasp that “God’s got this”. I am a “worry wart” and I tend to freak out when I am not in control. We have all heard the verses in Philippians 4:6-7 that say, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Easier said than done, right?
We are all guilty of being complacent when things are going well and tugging at God when things go haywire. We praise and seek Him in the storm, but when the sun is out we rest on the hammock of life. In the 8 years I have been married, I have seen the hand of God move in all areas of our lives. He seems to always be on time. So, why do I constantly fall apart when things seem to be chaotic?
God is making pancakes. The term seems silly, but let me explain. One morning I was making pancakes for my children. We make it from scratch, so this process seems quite busy to them. They get super excited when they see me in the kitchen “doin’ my thang”. My son will climb a chair to look over the breakfast bar and smile. He gets giddy with excitement. I was cracking eggs, pouring milk, mixing and pouring batter. To my son, I was making pancakes. But, then came a point where the process involved waiting. When the batter was poured, I covered the pan and allowed the pancake to cook. To my son, I was no longer making pancakes. He would then begin screaming and running up and down the hall in a tantrum. He could not grasp the concept of waiting as part of the process of pancakes. According to him, if I wasn’t visibly busy, then I wasn’t making his pancakes. Of course, he would come to see towards the end that indeed he would receive his pancakes.
How much are we like this? When we see God moving in our health, family, finances, ministry and everything else in life, we celebrate. We are smiling and comfortable because life is good. Then, when it becomes silent we shut down. Or maybe you are like my son where you begin to scream and holler.
My friends, if you find yourself in an area where it seems like God is silent, let me remind you that God is making pancakes. You might just be in the process of waiting. You might be in the process that involves holding on to Him. Isaiah 40:31 says “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” We hear that verse so many times, but how much do we take that into action?
Let me finalize by reminding you that there are two things we need to keep in mind about God: His character and track record. My wife recently had to remind me of this. There were some things that felt a little out of place in an area of our lives. Amy noticed my demeanor. She told me that our faith was something we needed to work on. As the days passed, that area where we needed God to move was taken care of. God was making pancakes. In my whole life, God has never let us down and He has fulfilled every promise. God is always making pancakes.