As I was flipping through the television channels the other day I saw a show called “The Haves and the Have Nots.” The title describes the show very well in that it follows the lives of two families. One family is wealthy and another family is poor.
I scrolled past the show without watching it, but I thought about the title for quite a while. You see, I know quite a bit about the “Haves and the Have Nots.” When I was a little girl, I had a friend that had the most beautiful freckles on her face. However, I didn’t have a single one. Not one freckle! You may be thinking that that is silly, but I guess as children we all want something that we can’t have.
One summer I learned that lesson in the most ridiculous way ever. An elderly gentleman in our church overheard me complaining to my friend about how I didn’t have freckles like her and he gave me some very interesting advice. He said, “You know, if you splash water on your face and let it dry, they will turn into freckles!”
I must have been the most gullible six-year-old on the planet, so what did I do? I splashed water on my face for an entire summer and waited for the freckles to appear! That’s been forty years ago, and today I finally have a few freckles, but it’s mostly on my shoulders, and it’s caused by the sun rather than water.
I should feel quite silly, but I have learned that it is sometimes in the silly things that the Lord can reveal a great precept, which is, “Some things we just aren’t meant to have, and some things we aren’t meant to have YET.”
Our wants and desires can overwhelm us so much that we never really stop to look at the blessings in the life that we have been given. We never even question whether or not GOD wants us to have those wants or desires. Marriage, family, children, jobs, home, material things. There are so many things that we pray for and long for. There are things that we would be willing to do anything to have.
God’s word tells us that King Solomon in all of his wisdom knew everything about wants and desires and he was blessed to experience them all. However, in his wisdom, he learned that “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecc. 3:1) He learned that apart from God, everything in this life was “vanity”, a worthless and futile pride that brought nothing but regret. The only happiness, comfort, and joy were found through a relationship with God.
At the end of time, it will not matter if you had the nicest home, the most expensive car, the perfect family, or even a bunch of silly freckles. What WILL matter is if you have given your heart and life to the Lord. There is no need to stress and dwell on the “Haves and the Have Nots” of this life. It may not be something that you are not meant to have, but maybe just something that you are not meant to have YET. Remember the example and the words of King Solomon. “For everything, there is a season, and a TIME,” so, wait on the Lord.
New Hope Assembly