As a young teenager, I remember hearing my dad share a story he once heard that simply reminds us to keep our fork. Even in recent years, I have heard my dad tell this story on more than one occasion. The message in it is so simple, yet the meaning behind the message is so profound. The story tells of a man who was told to “keep his fork,” while attending a dinner on the grounds at church one Sunday. When he asked why, another church member responded, “For dessert. The best is yet to come!”
What would the world be like if Christians everywhere held on to this attitude in our everyday existence? Instead of griping and complaining about every twist and turn our lives may take, what if we simply held on to the promise in God’s Word that the best truly is yet to come? Just as the man was instructed to keep his fork, we should keep our faith. The Bible tells us to stand firm in our faith. Yet we often find ourselves floundering, uncertain of our future, wondering if God can even hear our prayers.
We get caught up in whether or not the new flowers on the communion table match the sanctuary. We grapple over the choir director’s choices of songs each Sunday and we debate over which deacon should lead the offertory prayer. From paint colors to upholstery and cleaning products to hymn books, individuals in churches tend to focus on the things that are insignificant. More important focal points would be whether or not the people of the church were seeking God’s will in every decision they make, not only in the life of the church, but in their own lives as well.
God’s Word says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. If we micromanage every aspect of the church and never consult the true Head of the church, then it is certain that all efforts to succeed spiritually will fail. We must put our lives and our ministries in God’s hands. We must pray and seek His direction. We cannot throw our fork on the tray every single time, expecting that a new one will be at our disposal. We also cannot assume that dessert will be served with every meal. Sometimes, we must delve deeper into the main course first. In this case, we are talking about spending more time in prayer and less time waiting for the next blessing to ascend.
There will be many times in our lives when God says, wait. He may not answer our prayers the first or second time we seek His will for our lives. He may be preparing us in advance for a greater work beyond our imagination. But whether we see the hand of God move in our lives instantly or years down the road, we must have faith that He is working on our behalf. Just like the man who was told to keep his fork, he sat in expectation that dessert would be served. He didn’t complain about the slow service or the fact he would have to eat it with a fork that he had used to eat his main course. He just sat and waited patiently, with the knowledge that the best truly was on its way.
In Ecclesiastes 7:10, we read that the best is yet to come. It simply says that it is not wise to ask if the old days were better. We must focus on the days ahead. You may be going through a trial that seems insurmountable. Recently, I learned of an entire family who perished in an accident. I cannot imagine the grief that their loved ones must be going through. But even for these individuals, who are overcome with sorrow, I can tell them with a calm assurance that I know the best is yet to come.
God’s will is greater than our own will. He always knows what is best. While many things in life cannot be explained in this life, you can rest assured that God works all things together for good, to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. One day, we will reach our Heavenly home. The trials of this life will be a distant memory. Everything will become as clear as day. So keep your fork; the best is yet to come!
In Christ’s Love,