Special Sauce


arrowI was sitting at the drive-through window at McDonald’s this weekend (ok, eat out a lot). I did the usual thing, I drove up to the menu and ordered.

I proceeded to the first window and paid, then drove to the second window and waited for the order. After sitting there for a few minutes, the clerk slid back the window and asked, “Will you please pull over to the side; your order is not ready.”

I was a little upset and even impatient, but I pulled over and waited. I thought, “How come other folks ordered and drove straight through and I have to wait.” I waited for another two or three minutes. 

It seemed like hours before the clerk finally ran out, tapped on the window, and handed me the order. Of course I asked, “Hey, what took so long?” 

She replied, “You wanted the Special Sauce, which meant it had to be especially made for that sandwich. It doesn’t usually come with that one.drive thru

This scene is a reflection of our prayer life. We make our request to the Lord. Our menu is His Word, where He has listed promise after promise. We stand before Him and request and plead and, sometimes, even beg. 

We go to the first window and pay, sometimes with fervent prayer, sometimes with prolonged suffering, sometimes with obedience, and sometimes not at all.

We then move to the second window and wait for our order. If God doesn’t answer within a few minutes, we become upset. 

You know the phrase, “Jesus, it’s 5:00p.m. Friday; I prayed to You yesterday, and You still haven’t answered. I can’t wait much longer.”

Why is it taking Him so long? I’ve seen people drive up before me and they received their orders right away! We even go so far as to tap on the window and ask if He has forgotten our order. We become impatient. We become upset. We become downright mad.

Lord I asked for a mate ten days ago and I don’t see him/her anywhere.

Lord, I’ve been asking for a new job for two years; others have passed me by.

I’ve been waiting on a financial blessing for ten and I still have more months than money.

Where are You and why haven’t you blessed me?

And just when you think He is giving you the answer, He pulls back the royal curtain of Eternity, and states, “Please pull over to the side and wait a while longer.”

This once frustrated me to no end, made me mad, made me want to give up, made me want to holler; that is, until the clerk brought out my sandwich.

Then, the revelation became clear.

Do you know why the Lord has put you on the side? Do you know why you have had to wait for this blessing longer than before?

Do you know why He has put you through more this time than ever? Do you know why it seems as though He has not heard you and He does not care?

Do you know why it seems like you have had to go through more tears, more pains, and more struggling this time?

Because this blessing is a Special Sauce Blessing!CaramelSauce

This is an Overflowing, Pressed-Down, Shaken Together Blessing! You made a Special Order and God has been putting together a Special Sauce Blessing for you and He has to prepare it for you!

That mate you wanted . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

That job you wanted . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

That financial blessing . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

That peace on the job . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

That house . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

That deeper anointing . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

That promotion . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end … [and a Special Sauce]. Jeremiah 29:11

How many people have driven away before the clerk brought their food, and how many people have missed their blessings because they did not wait?

Hang on there. Keep on waiting. You made a Special Order, now wait on God’s Special Sauce!

(forwarded email/author unknown)


10 Responses to “Special Sauce”

  1. 1 edward
    August 11, 2009 at 7:11 am

    thanks for sharing nice stories like these. such stories make us reflect on our own values and perspectives in life.


  2. 2 Jenn
    August 14, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and you’ve mentioned that you are a good cook. Hope you can share some of your favorite recipe in here too. Thanks.


  3. August 16, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    ok, it’s a special sauce that i ordered, so i’m willing to wait 🙂


  4. 4 digitalcatharsis
    August 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Edward. Thanks for dropping some notes. I hope you continue visiting my site.

    Hi Jenn. Thanks for dropping some notes, after being a quiet reader for a while 🙂 I can cook, but I’m not a really good cook. I enjoy pasta dishes and since you requested, I’ll post some recipes here soon. Wait for that, ok? Thanks for always coming here!

    Hi Marcus. It must be a super-special sauce that you ordered. Keep the faith!


  5. 5 Donna Brown
    October 19, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Thanks so much for such words of inspiration. I have read this so many times and each time I am so blessed by its content. I know that God is putting together my special sauce and I ask for patience as I wait upon Him.


  6. 6 digitalcatharsis
    October 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Donna Brown! So nice of you to drop some notes on an old post! God bless you!


  7. June 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Just like what the Lord said: ” Wait patiently upon the Lord” so here I am waiting patiently of that special sauce… I know that in His time.. He will pour out that tremendous and over flowing blessing on me. 🙂


  8. June 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I think everyone can relate to this well. We all have something we want, but it’s the best feeling in the world after the long wait, when everything is perfect, carefully planned and carried out, and just even better than what we imagined. And God knows when to give it to us.


  9. 9 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    yeheyyy!! so that means…i need to be patient waiting for the right man hahahaha


  10. June 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    whoa! right man talaga Mommy Kat? hehehe


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