Updated: Dec 6, 2018
A few days ago, Wes bought some tasty looking peaches. We were ready to taste that juicy goodness, but they weren’t quite ripe. So the next day, I see Wes eyeing those peaches. He decides to try one even though it’s not quite ripe. He hands it to me because he doesn’t like it. I tried it. It was a peach alright but…TASTELESS. Have you ever tasted a peach that has the texture of a peach and yet no flavor?! Yucky I tell ya! Not worth eating.
So while the peach-tasting was a yucky experience for us, its an awesome metaphor I’ll hand over to you.
The peach is your prize, your desire—what you’re waiting on God to give you. You see it, maybe from a distance, and STILL have not tasted its sweet deliciousness. For many of you reading this, the peach is the marriage of your dreams.
This peach of yours takes longer than you would think to ripen. It’s hard outer fuzzy skin is refusing to soften. You look to the heavens and ask, “Why, God?! I’ve been patient, I’ve been faithful, waiting for this peach of mine to come to FRUITion (Lovely word play, isn’t it?) and yet there’s no evidence!
For some reason (truly only HE knows) the peach is just not ready yet.
“Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Song of Solomon 8:4
Sometimes the Lord is working at the core of our peach in order for the ripeness to happen at the right time.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness…” 2 Peter 3:9
Take heart, my friends. The peach WILL ripen. You will be able to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). He does keep his promises!
But the peach is only THE BEST, THE MOST DELICIOUS, when you wait for HIS timing. Yes, the Lord is sovereign, and some of His peach promises come to pass despite our efforts to derail it.
I know from first-hand experience that the most precious promises that I’ve chosen to wait on God’s timing for—yes often longer than I would have expected or desired—have been the most delicious peaches to enjoy. That taste is worth the wait!
So wait on Him. Don’t take a bite before your peach is ripe!