SHE still believes in a "pinky promise"
“Cross my heart, hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye”. If you know the extended version to this childhood saying, then you are the real MVP. I remember chanting this with friends, as we wrapped our adolescent pinkies around each other making promises that our short attention spans would never let us keep.
As I got older, the value of a promise required more than a catchy saying or the intertwining of pinkies. I had to learn to make my ‘yes’ a yes and my ‘no’ a no. I now had to learn to do what I said I was going to do. That process was hard.
Making promises to myself are easy to break and recover from. What’s hard is relying on the promises made by others, especially God’s. The bible has over 3000 promises made by God in the bible.
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
God does not make empty promises, like we can. But it’s hard to stand on those promises when you feel weak in your faith. When we ask God for something that is not fulfilled as quickly as you would prefer, the wait can be painful. It’s like you’re waiting for a package to be delivered, so you sit by the window so you can see it coming. Every time a car passes by or the postman delivers the mail, you hold your breath for a second in full expectation that the time has arrived...only to feel disappointed that in fact it has not come. Yet.
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.
When the Israelites were exiled to the desert. God told them to pretty much get comfortable where they were and live a prosperous life…in the desert. I’m a fan of hot weather, but I would have been the first Israelite to revolt! For 7 decades they had to hold unto to a “pinky promise” from God that the seeds that they planted in a desert would bear fruit.
70 years. At times I can’t wait more than a couple weeks before I cry unto God, wondering why He hasn’t fulfilled His promise. I have to constantly remind myself to meditate on what He told me, because when it feels like God has forgotten your request, it easy for us to forget what He said he would do.
Based on your individual relationship with Christ, He will speak to each of us differently. Maybe He speaks to you through dreams or prophetic words from others. In whatever way God makes a “pinky promise” to you, never let the desert that surrounds you determine the fruit that God will bear in due time.
What "pinky promise" has God made to you?
How can you turn the 'desert' areas of you life into opportunities for real growth to happen?