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Can You Just Punch Me in the Face?

“Excuse me?” I peered down at our kindergartner. My mouth opened and closed like a fish. I was sure he hadn’t actually said what I thought. Then he said it again.

“Can you just punch me in the face, Mom? I want my wiggly tooth to come out and, if you punch it, it will. My friend got hit in the face and her tooth came out. So, come on!”

Our youngest has his first loose tooth. He’s been waiting for this day forever.

He’s watched many pearly whites from his brother’s mouths disappear under pillows to produce coins. His turn is here. Almost. Grubby fingers have been busy pushing the little tooth back and forth since the glorious discovery was made.

Obviously, my answer to the question was a big, fat no. “Trust me. There are better ways to get your tooth out, but it isn’t ready yet. You have to keep wiggling it and wait until the time is right.”

You and I may laugh over the preposterous request made by a six year old but, at the same time, I get it. Waiting is hard. Sometimes a quick “punch in the face” to get a desired result quickly seems reasonable. Mostly.

If you are waiting, here are six verses that can encourage you.

Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Lamentations 3:25-26 – The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Isaiah 40:30-31 – Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles;they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

James 1:2-4 – Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 5:7-8 – Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Just like my son, we may try to find ways to end the wait. But, as a wise Father does, sometimes He assures us the wait is best. He gives reminders of His presence and loving purpose along the way. Waiting develops faith, character, and endurance.

Have courage. Trust. Wait for the Lord. Rest in His goodness.

The process is truly better than a punch in the face.

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