Not Yet

“All by itself the soil produces grain — first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head” (Mark 4:28).
Most parents have experienced this. As the communion tray passes by, a little voice, shockingly loud, says, “Mom, can I have some juice, too?”
Of course, you could whisper fiercely, “No! Be quiet!” but you will probably, wisely, reply, “Not yet.”
“No you can’t,” and “not yet” are quite different responses, you know. Sometimes it’s important to wait. Delay is not denial. Waiting for the right time is not idle waiting, nor is it empty. Anticipation makes fulfillment all the sweeter.
Of course, our kids could take “crackers and juice” along with all the adults, but they would not be partaking of the body and blood of the Lord, and the special nature of the ceremony would be lost on them.
Delayed gratification is not popular in our culture. I remember the first time I took the Lord’s Supper. I was twelve years old, and it was a week after I had been baptized. What a very special moment that was!
We’re always in such a hurry. God, I have noticed, allows for nature to take its course. It doesn’t hurt for our children to observe baptisms and the Lord’s Supper, and begin to form the idea that one day they, too, will participate in these grown-up mysteries.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

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