Have you ever been frustrated? I mean frustrated to the point of juicy eyes, slamming cabinets shut, maybe some walking around grunting frustration only to realize how little the thing that brought you there? Let me tell you…I haven’t had a McFlurry from McDonalds in 4 years. 4 years and the one day I really want one, I mean mouth watering, soul yearning, I can almost taste it yearning for it, they tell me their ice cream machine is broken. Not just one McDonalds y’all, but three!! Three McDonald’s crushed my McFlurry dream in .5 seconds of careless delivery. I came home and had me an attitude something terrible. How could all these McDonalds, in three different zip codes all have broken ice cream machines? Not to mention the cashier sounded exactly the same at each location! I couldn’t decide if the devil was a liar or Jesus was playing a joke on me. I caught myself saying, “Kimberly you should not be this upset over some McDonalds processed ice cream.” But JESUS!!!! I wanted it so bad.
Now you may be laughing and saying, “Kimberly, girl, it's ice cream. Go get it somewhere else.” However, I did not want anything else. I wanted that ice cream. I had to have that ice cream, made that way, and on my time. It didn’t take long before I felt the presence of God and I couldn’t help but laugh. I still wanted that ice cream, but I realized this was a lesson that I needed.
How often do we treat life that way? How far will we go to get ice cream? And is that always the point? You see, sometimes God will say no. He will say the ice cream machine is broken and it doesn’t matter where you go, who you talk to, or how far outside of where you think God is, when he tells you no, the answer remains. It doesn’t remain because he doesn’t want you to have it, but because he wants you to have better, or be prepared for what having that entails.
Some of us sit here and we moan and groan about how we want a husband, yet we aren’t preparing to be wives. We sit and complain about people who have families, yet we don’t appreciate the one we have. We desire to have things in our lives and purpose, yet we don’t ask in prayer. We desire wealth, but don’t appreciate what we already possess. We compare our lives to those who seem to have everything fall perfectly in their lap. Dream job, dream man, dream home, just living that perfect dream. She is a sundae with a cherry on top and I can’t even get a cheap fifty-cent cone. You see we want God to be like a Mcdonalds drive thru; quick, convenient, and on our time, but God is not fast food.
It is my dream and passion to be a speaker and write books directed to women. It is my dream to hold conferences that build them up, speak to their hearts, and encourage them through whatever it is they are going through. I don’t want to be famous or have millions of dollars, I simply want to share my testimony with other women in hopes of helping someone out. I grew up around Women of Faith, my mom attended their conferences every year and I knew that was what I wanted to do. Last year at the Brave Conference I had that opportunity in the form of spoken word, but nothing since. So I asked God many times, is that it? Was that my moment? Am I to do more? How?
I want God’s answer now. I wanted it then. I did not get. I thought I did everything I was supposed to do in terms of being obedient and yet I still found myself as lost as I was prior. I felt God and I knew he wanted me to wait, to grow, to learn to lean in. Yet, instead of saying okay, I drove to the next Mcdonalds, and the next. Each time the answer was the same and again frustration struck. You see, this isn’t about Mcdonalds or ice cream, this is about purpose and living intentionally. This is about giving our energy to the right things and letting the others roll off our backs. This is about trusting there is reason for delay. This is about preparing for when the machine is fixed.
Matthew 5:5 says,” Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.” The definition of meek is quiet, gentle,submissive. SUBMISSIVE! God wants us to be submissive to Him, His plans, and His love.
Jeremiah 29:11, “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
He doesn’t want us to give into our ideas, our feelings or emotions. He wants us to fight. He doesn’t want us to be discouraged or feel like we need to give up. He wants us to trust that we will get that McFlurry. It may not be today, may not be this year, but when the timing is right, you will get it and it will be the most amazing ice cream that surpassed your original dream.
I know now that my frustration has stunted my growth. When I could have been working towards purpose and walking in obedience, I was giving in to temporary feelings. Although I might be rejected or fall off course, I know that it isn’t because I am not worthy for purpose, but it is because God is so much more worthy of my attention, faith, and trust. Sometimes the things we think we desire are distractions, but God will never distract you from destination!
So the next time the devil tries to break down your ice cream machine, give God some praise and make some cookies!
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