Not Yet

by Stan Mitchell
“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 seen this happen. As the communion tray passes by, our little one stretches to see its contents, then in a stage whisper says: “Mom, can I have some juice too?”
Of course, you could say flat out, “No!” but most parents wisely respond, “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 proper time is not idle waiting, nor is it empty.
Anticipation is the best preparation for the moment of fulfillment.
Of course, our kids could take crackers and juice right with all the other participants, but they would not be partaking of the body and blood of the Lord, and the special nature of this ceremony would be lost on them.
Delayed gratification is not popular in our culture, but there are times when it is important. I remember the first time I took communion. I was twelve years old, and it was the week after I was baptized. What a very special moment that was!
Human beings are always in such a hurry. God, I have noticed, allows for nature to take its course. And it doesn’t hurt for our children to observe baptisms, and the Lord’s Supper, and to begin to form the idea that one day, they, too, will grow to participate in and appreciate these grownup mysteries.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

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