Every time I get upset about my prayers not being answered when I wanted them to, I would always try to fight back my impatience by recalling that precious memory a few years ago when my nephew, Waki, who was nine years old at the time, finally received his much-awaited Christmas present.
Several months before Christmas, my nephew asked his mom and dad to buy him a Yamaha keyboard. The one he specifically liked was a black 61-key Yamaha PSRE223 keyboard he saw at Carrefour which costs about AED699. It’s not cheap. But everyday, he would try to show off what he has learned with his toy keyboard – which his mom bought for only 40Dhs.
Waki is a natural music and art lover. Anything that interests him, he perseveres hard to learn and perfect them. At an early age, we can tell that music is his natural gift. As much as his parents would want to support his craft, what he’s asking for was not in their budget at the time. So, we would always tell him to wait until mommy and daddy find extra money to buy his keyboard.
Weeks before Christmas, he posted a photo of the Yamaha keyboard on the fridge with a note he scribbled on saying, “Please buy when you have extra money.”
One time, his mom took him to Carrefour. The moment they stepped in, he went running straight to the area where the musical instruments were displayed and told his mom in a silently pleading voice, “Mom, I can’t wait anymore. Can we just buy whatever you can afford today? Please mom…” It was a heartbreaking scene. But his mom assured him that they will buy him the one he specifically likes and not the cheap version if only he is willing to wait.
Days before Christmas, Waki’s mom received a bonus from her company. We were all delighted with this unexpected ‘extra money’. We all believed that this is God’s way of answering my little nephew’s prayer. So, we all ‘conspired’ to keep this good news as a secret from Waki until the right time comes.
On Christmas Eve, as we were excitedly opening our presents one by one, my brother and sister-in-law took out a small box and gave it to Waki. When he opened the box and saw, “Yamaha” written in it, his eyes lit up and said, “Wow! Mom, it’s my keyboard adapter!” My sister-in-law tried to put up an act and said, “We’re so sorry Waks, it’s only the adapter we can afford at the moment.” But surprisingly, my nephew only smiled at her and replied innocently, “It’s ok, mommy, next time, you will be able to buy me the keyboard that goes with it.”
While he was still studying the adapter in his hands, my brother came back inside the room and then took out another box. This time it’s a bigger box. My brother said, “Hey, young man, here’s another present for you.” Not really expecting any new presents, my nephew opened the big box. It was the keyboard stand. Upon seeing the content, he immediately put together the stand and ran inside the room, took out his toy keyboard and placed it on top of his brand new keyboard stand and started playing his 40-dirham toy keyboard while seated on a stool. Very proudly he says, “Mom, look. I can now play my keyboard like a real professional musician.”
I could not forget the look on his face – that big proud smile gratefully receiving what was in his hands without any trace of complaints or dissatisfaction. In his innocent heart, what matters that Christmas Eve was the moment itself. He knew in his heart that the very thing he has been waiting for has already started to unfold right before his very eyes. He thought, “It’s just a matter of time and it will surely come.”
Finally, the moment of truth arrives. While Waki was still busy playing with his toy keyboard, my brother took out the big box which we have hidden for days. By this time, you can imagine his reaction the moment he saw the box which he no longer doubted contains his Yamaha PSRE223 keyboard he has been praying for. As he unwrapped the box, tears just came rolling down his cheeks with sobs of joyful expectation of a dream that is now coming to pass.
That night, he was the happiest little boy in the world!
If you, just like me have been waiting and praying for something for so long, I encourage you to stay in faith. Learn from the heart of a little child and keep an attitude of thanksgiving and praise. Who knows the very thing you have been praying for is now about to be unwrapped. Simply put your trust in God.
After all, “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).