I went to New York City several years ago with two of my friends. As we walked down the city streets, we passed the American Girl Store. I had to stop in and look around. Although my daughter was not even two years old at the time, I couldn’t wait to jump into the world of the American Girl. I love the entire theme of the dolls, the books, the movies, the crafts, the variety, and I couldn’t help but be swept up in my childish imagination.
I brought the doll home and surprised my daughter for her second birthday. Needless to say, she only saw a doll—not an American Girl Doll from New York City! She never played with her, and the poor thing got neglected. My daughter even grew a bit fearful of her doll a few years later. Every time I would see the doll just lying in my daughter’s closet, I felt sad that my American Girl dream would never be realized.
Now let’s flash forward six years. My twin sister’s daughter is only two weeks younger than my little girl. And they are both turning eight years old. She decided to buy her daughter an American Girl Doll for her birthday. I talked with my husband, and we agreed to give the American Girl dream one more try. We ordered my daughter a new doll to see if this would transform her fear into joy.
When my daughter opened her present, she was so excited. She loved the doll! She even found her old American Girl, brushed her hair and changed her clothes. Now she has two dolls that she plays with and adores. I happened to glance on the box of the American Girl, and sure enough, the box read, “Dolls for 8 plus.” I had almost ruined the entire American Girl experience for my daughter because I was not patient. I should have simply laid my desires aside and waited for the right time instead of pushing my agenda.
Just a few days ago, we went to the store and bought a few American Girl books, and my daughter has been ravishingly reading them. Now she has two dolls, a pet, the crafts and the books—all American Girl. I’m so excited to be head first into American Girl nation! This lesson highlighted a truth that God has been revealing to me.
God knows the desires of our heart, but He will not unleash them until He sees the time is right and we are ready. I look back to all my years of waiting for God’s promises, and I’m so grateful that God shut many doors. I remember feeling like God let me down, but really it was my own expectations that let me down. God always does what is right for us, and He can transform our heartache into powerful victories when we trust Him. If we get our promises too early, we might not appreciate them. We may even fear them! So it’s best to wait on God, cling onto faith and trust that God will fulfill every single promise He has given us according to His timetable.
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3.9 NLT).
“I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope” (Psalm 130.5 AMP).