“Duck, duck, duck…” Her back rigid, the little blond girl stared straight ahead, lips stretched thin. Each time It came near, her eyes shone with hope. Each time the tap came with a duck her head dropped a little further. Would she ever get to be goose?
Do you remember the game Duck, Duck, Goose from your childhood? I remember. I was often the one sitting, waiting to be picked. It’s an unhappy feeling, that waiting and wondering, as the other kids get to chase, laughing around the circle and be It.
Have you been waiting patiently for a dream to come to fruition? Do you keep watching while your friends achieve their goals and get the brass ring?
It’s hard to be in that position when others around you are being chosen. They gleefully post Facebook and Instagram pictures of all the fun things going on in their life. And you get tagged duck again.
Life is a lot like a big game of Duck, Duck, Goose. All of us sitting in a circle, waiting and hoping. It can be hard. Like the little blond girl, each time we don’t get to goose our hearts break a little more.
If you have a dream in your heart, chances are it’s something that has been with you for a long time. God has given you dreams, but they don’t just happen despite what the Facebook and Instagram posts may suggest. The truth is, if God has given you that story, then He has a plan for it and He will bring it to fruition in due time. If He’s given you the story, He has a goose in your future.
Waiting is hard. We all know that. Remember the feelings of being chosen last as a kid in a game? I guess there are some people out there who have never experienced that, but I have and it hurts. It’s the same with adults as other people get to their goal before we do.
I encourage you to persevere. Even when the journey is hard and you’ve heard a whole lot of ducks and are still waiting for the goose. Keep living, keep praying, keep trusting that God has a plan for your story.
That little blond girl never gave up hope. I could see it in her eyes, the agony of not being chosen mixed with hope that this time might be her time. And finally, it was.
And she jumped up to chase It with her whole heart. A huge smile spread across her face at finally being the one chosen.
Don’t give up. Keep the faith. Your goose is coming!