My son bought a dinosaur egg last week.
No… it’s not a real dinosaur egg (duh ;)) but it promised that if you placed it in water, a mystery dinosaur would eventually hatch. Wow… Sam could hardly wait to test it out!
He found an empty Starbucks cup in the kitchen (surprised, I know) and filled it with water and gently placed the egg in the cup. He waited and waited, checking often on the progress of the “birth.”
Within a few days, it began hatching.
His expectations were high that this was going to be a cool dino and we had many discussions about what kind it might be. In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much but remained hopeful… for his sake.
It started with a little crack that continued to get bigger and longer and wider, but the identity of dragon inside was still a mystery. Sam fought the temptation to open it himself and to my surprise and pleasure, showed a great deal of patience in waiting.
He waited and waited, frustrated that the egg wasn’t completely hatched yet. In his defense, it was taking longer than the instructions said it would take. He checking on it every few hours and ended up carrying the silly dinosaur egg in the Starbucks cup around the house with him.
We read and reread the directions and it specifically said not open it, but rather to wait for it to open on its own.
Eventually, he gave into his desire to see what was inside and he just tore the darn egg open and found his prize waiting inside. It was an amazing green colored dinosaur (neither of us could identify) that was bigger and prettier and cooler than we could have ever imagined. We were not let down!!!
I could now see why he was so anxious to dig it out of the shell!
It made me stop and reflect on my walk with God. Do I, sometimes, just wait for it to happen? It’s true, I am deeply hungry for it and want it so badly, but rather than go get it… there are times and seasons that I wait for it to come to me.
Can you relate?
We may go to church (buy the dinosaur egg)… feel the emotions through amazing worship songs (put the egg into water)… listen to a sermon that moves us (watch the egg begin to hatch with expectation)… and then walk out of church with no spiritual change (following directions to sit and wait).
Unfortunately, yes… I have been guilty of that in my life! And I’ve come to realize that the next step in the “hatching” process is for us to break that shell ourselves – rip it open – and make that relationship happen!
Stop waiting for your relationship with your heavenly Father to deepen. You make it happen! Stop hoping for the right time to dig in to the Word. Dig now!
Once you do… you’ll find your great prize and it will be so much more than you could have ever expected. Way beyond your expectations!
He’s waiting for you to crack that egg.