Wax on wax off

The other day as I was driving home from work, the Lord impressed upon my mind “Wax on, wax off” which is a line from the popular 80’s movie Karate Kid. The movie captures the life of Daniel who befriends Mr. Miyagi. The friendship blossoms into a wonderful mentor-ship in which Mr. Miyagi groomed Daniel for martial arts in a rather unorthodox way. However, the results are life changing for Daniel as he embarks upon the journey of a lifetime. 

So many emotions began to race through my mind as I watched the clip over and over searching for the lesson God was teaching me and the reason he gave me the thought in the first place. It finally dawned on me that the lesson to be taken to heart rest on the following scriptures:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Psalms 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Like Daniel, we have labored in life for answers, dreams and expectations. Often times we become frustrated when the answers do not come fast enough. Impatience sets in which can lead to resentment towards God. I mean let’s be real, in frustration we react like Daniel when we don’t feel God is holding up his end of the deal.

We say things like, “Well God, I prayed for this and you didn’t give me what I asked for.” Or perhaps we say, “God I love you, but I don’t like you now because I’ve done all you’ve asked of me, yet I seem to be the one doing all the work here.” Lets be honest, I have traveled this road on many occasions.

In the clip I noticed Mr. Miyagi said something that was profound; he said, “Not everything is as seem.” Wow, what a statement! For God truly has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27).

However, the beauty of it all is the love, patience and power in which God guides and instructs his children through our tantrums. Notice how Mr. Miyagi went after Daniel when he ran off in a huff. How he lovingly focused Daniel’s attention to the method of his madness. In the same way God pursues us when we run off in a huff because we do not understand the lesson God is teaching.

Over the years I have learned first hand that God values trust, for his thoughts and understanding are far above ours. For example, Exodus 13:17-18 says, When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

Notice how the scripture says “The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle,” yet, God knew the Israelites were a wounded people oppressed with fear for 400+ years. Thus, God knew their strength would not have the resolve to withstand the brutality of war. What an awesome God we serve!

To trust God, is to rest in his grace and words for they are tried and true. God never sweats the details for he is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33). Before we were born, God knew and had a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 1:5). In life there are few things we can trust in, but the word of God is trustworthy for the Lord is the same today and forever with steadfastness of character (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8).

My prayer

Father, we praise you for the lessons of life. Thank you for being the master teacher. Help us to trust when we don’t understand, to pray when we are frustrated and to listen when you instruct. Mole us like clay, shape us to conform to your will and not our circumstances. We thank and adore you for how you see us as righteous, made in your image and redeemed. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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11 thoughts on “Wax on wax off

  1. I love this! I have been so impatient about God granting my prayers about becoming a full time paid writer and switching careers. He always knows what’s best for us and in just the last few days I have realized the lesson He is teaching me. Be content in all circumstances and keep you eyes focused on me. Your satisfaction should come from me alone. Not a job. Just me. How awesome is that! My circumstances haven’t changed but I certainly have. Now I am content knowing that God works all things together for the good of those who love him!


  2. I know I’ve watched this movie before, at least once; however, I remember nothing about it. I heard “Wax on, wax off” a few weeks ago in a sermon, like this one, and was floored. It’s what I’ve said before: there is instruction in the course. We may not like the course we’re on, but there is much the course itself teaches. I’m learning to be obedient to God and learning while on the course.


  3. With all the talk on WP about all this new age enlightenment it’s nice that you are here! It makes me smile and feel like there is support for those that believe and follow Jesus! Someone commented that I needed to find my center enlightenment. HUH? Oh you mean Jesus! Just wanted to tell you that you make a huge different and although I don’t comment everyday I read because I’m signed up for your email alerts. Have a super daY!


  4. Yay! I’m so glad you are here. You have no idea what happened today. I don’t want to say too much but I asked God for his grace in a certain area right after I read one of your posts this morning but I forget exactly which one I was reading and I’m not kidding it was like a lightbulb went on in this area for me and I saw the light! Shocked me actually. I was quick to slam the door if you know what I mean. Scares me just a bit to think I ever left the door open or cracked. I immediately went to your blog this morning with my morning coffee. So just so you know God is always using every little thing we do to splash some Jesus on others. We don’t have to reach out and tackle them, not that you do but some have so I’m just saying. I think of the woman that fought the crowd to touch the hem of his garment. That’s what you blog is like! Ya! I like that. You are splashing Jesus! Yay!


    • Now this is something else. This morning I started working on a lesson about none other than “If I could touch the hem of his garment.” The Holy Spirit is POWERFUL and very active! Once again, I thank God and you for the little things that are gigantic when it comes to matters of the heart. Keep shining, believing, inspiring and walking in the Grace that describes you as the righteousness of Christ.


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