I went to the bank the other day to deposit some money into my checking account. As usual I went to the drive-thru. At my bank there are three drive-thru lanes and one ATM lane. When I arrived there was one car in the first drive-thru lane. There were no other cars so I got in line behind the car already at the window. After waiting 15 seconds in line I began thinking about a recent trip to the drive-thru.
[Three Weeks Earlier] On that visit the scenario was exactly the same. I was in the first lane behind a car already at the drive-thru window. Another car arrived in the second lane. The driver of that car loaded the carrier and placed it in the pneumatic tube about the same time I pulled up to the drive-thru window. I hurriedly placed my deposit in the tray. My deposit and the tube from the second lane arrived at the teller about the same time. Since I arrived before the car in the second lane, and I had been waiting for a while, I assumed that I would be served first. I was a bit disgruntled as I watched the teller take the papers out of the carrier and begin processing those papers before mine.
Based on that experience a few weeks prior I decided to back up from the first lane and get in the second lane before another car entered the drive thru. I backed up and began pulling into the second lane. After I moved to the second lane another car pulled behind the car in the first lane. I hurriedly filled the carrier and sent my deposit through the pneumatic tube. As my carrier was moving through the tube the car that arrived after pulled up to the window. I thought, “I was here first and the carrier with my deposit arrived at the teller before the next customer had placed their papers in the tray. Well, what do you think happened? You guessed it! The teller served the person at the window first even though I arrived and sent my carrier first. Now I was really frustrated. I was not a happy customer after these two incidents.
I think that so often we have these kinds of experiences with God. We think we should be heard and answered quicker than we are. And we see others who seemingly get prayers answered before us even though we may have prayed for something from the Lord for some time. Or, we may hear someone’s testimony about a miraculous answer to prayer while we are still waiting for our answer. There is solace in the word as there always is. The bible says in Psalm 37:9b …those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. If we’re waiting on the Lord to be heard or waiting on the Lord for answered prayer, we are promised that at the end of our waiting is an inheritance…inheritance of the earthly things we have asked for.