It was a place I was not allowed to visit.
Per my family, of course. They said I wouldn't appreciate it. From the way they described how fancy it was, I pictured a very modern dining room with giant glass window overlooking the mountains. (Note: There are zero mountains in the suburbs of D.C.) People ate fancy things like snails and caviar and drank wine. I can't picture my grandparents drinking wine, but it may have happened. I don't know! I wasn't allowed to go!
After my husband and I were married, we went to visit my aunt and my grandfather for Thanksgiving (my grandmother had passed away a few years earlier). They suggested we have our Thanksgiving dinner at Chez Francois.
What? Me? Go to Chez Francois? But I'm just a kid! I won't appreciate it!
Oh—wait. I was 26 by then. So we went!
|L'Auberge Chez Francois|
There are lots of Bible verses that talk about God's timing. He doesn't do anything, reveal anything, until the time is right in his eyes. And that could depend on many things, especially when it comes to us. When we ask God to do things for us or show us something, he can say yes, he can say no, or sometimes he says, "Grow." We need a little more time to mature, to understand and prepare our hearts for that stage in our life. If God revealed something before we were ready, we may not understand it or appreciate it.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. - Psalm 33:20-22
God's love is unfailing whether we're waiting for him to answer us or not. We have to trust that he has our best interests at heart, even if that means not getting the answer we want exactly when we want it. And that's so hard. It's so hard to wait. Especially when what's waiting for us is so amazing! But, sometimes, we need more time to appreciate it. Like Chez Francois.
Have you had a "Chez Francois" moment with God? What did he reveal that was worth the wait?