When my wife and I first got married, we were unwrapping wedding gifts and came across a gem of a gift. It was one of those things that I really thought at the time had changed my life forever. It would provide warmth, comfort, and fun…..
A deep fryer
I never had one growing up. My mom would fry things in a pan, but I’d never had a deep fryer. I could fry quite literally anything I wanted. Of course, the first thing I did was take the thing out of the box, run to the grocery store to get some oil and french fries, and plug it in.
Then I waited.
Finally, my patience got the best of me. It hadn’t preheated yet, but against my wife’s instructions, I went ahead and plunged the basket of fries into the semi hot grease.
The fries took forever, never quite became crispy, and kind of ruined my first fryer experience.
I did learn something, though…
Sometimes, we have to wait for the fire to get hot enough before we’re able to make the most of it.
That’s what Noah had to do in Genesis 7…
“The flood continued for forty days, and the water became deep enough for the boat to float.”
Genesis 7:17 GNT
Sometimes, the reason we aren’t out of the heat yet is because God’s raising the temperature so we’ll be fully appreciative when we come out.
Sometimes, the reason things aren’t moving like we want them to is because God’s raising the waters just enough to get us to float above it.
Sometimes, the reason things seem to be getting worse when we’re begging God for better, it’s because He’s preparing what’s best and us for what’s best.
Don’t hate the preheat and flooding stage.
Sure, we can get impatient and even upset, but know that He’s working in the midst of it.
The heat is worth it.