Message From Matt – June 19

Fast Pass 
On our vacation last week we went to Disney World Magic Kingdom for a day and yes, it is true, it’s the most magical (magical is code word for expensive) place on earth!  
Not only was it one of the most magical days ever, for me it was also filled with much frustration.  It took us two hours to get from the parking lot to actually walking into the park. I had to take out a second mortgage to pay for our meals and the crowds were so large it seemed like half of the population of Florida was there.  With that size of a crowd, the biggest frustration was that we had to wait in a long line to get to the ride…wait times sometimes upwards to 2 hours for a 5 minute ride. That is unless you had a Fast Pass!
This pass is something that you had to go to a kiosk and reserve a spot for a certain time period.  You could spread out your rides throughout the entire day and what the Fast Pass got you was bypassing the long wait times to get to the ride.  For example, the line for Splash Mountain had a 115 minute wait in the regular line, but we got through to the ride in 10 minutes with the Fast Pass!  When I was in the Fast Pass line I was so happy to be there, but when I was in the regular line on another ride, I was coveting those people’s Fast Pass!
I came to love the Fast Pass…really love it!
However, in life, I think people are looking for the Fast Pass in everything!  We want money, comfort, and security and we want it now!  It’s often said that young adults want all the things that they have grown accustomed to with their parents but not work for it like their parents had to.  I don’t blame them.  I find myself wanting things without putting the work into it!  For example, I dream about winning $7,000.00 a week for the rest of my life when I see the Publisher’s Clearinghouse commercials, but I always neglect the first step in that dream…actually going online and signing up for it!  I assume that it will be an endless trap of getting offers for magazines and other services that I don’t want and that my chance of actually winning is 1 in a trillion…so I don’t put the effort into it, I just dream about that check coming every week!  
Although God is able to work fast in your life, I think that most times  He chooses to work slowly!  When we want blessings fast,  it seems that God is oftentimes slow in moving on our behalf, but I have found that His timing is always perfect! 
Even today you might be wanting something to happen in your life right now, but God is saying “wait”!  Don’t get frustrated…have faith!   Have faith that God won’t leave you (Hebrews 13:5)!  That God has great thoughts toward you (Jeremiah 29:11)!  That your waiting is not in vain in that there are so many things that He wants to teach you in the waiting about Himself, others and yourself that you wouldn’t get if you got things fast!   
So, appreciate the wait!  Wait on God and know that He is working for you, not against you!  
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14