I have to be honest. Few things make me more irritated than having to wait. I’m not very good at it. I don’t like waiting in traffic when I-71 is at a standstill and looks like a parking lot. Or waiting for a solution to a problem that needs to be dealt with. I want to rush to deal with it and fix it. I don’t like waiting. I don't like waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for service at a restaurant or waiting for a doctor. Pam is much more patient than me... probably because, like any good husband, I’ve given her plenty of practice as she has worked to be patient with me for the last thirty years. But, personally, I'm not a particularly patient person. I just don't like waiting.
We’re so accustomed to “fast” these days. Compared to fifty years ago, technology has sped up everything these days. We have started to expect that we shouldn't have to wait for information or communication or answers. Yet it is clear that waiting is sometimes an important part of life. It's important for our character development. There are some things in life that we only learn when we’re waiting: a child has to learn the difference between "no" and "not yet." Because they're not the same thing, are they? Our inability to wait is the cause of many problems in our lives. Our inability to delay gratification and slow down and wait is often the cause of our overindebtedness, our overabundance of possessions, and even sometimes our overwhelming health issues.
Ask yourself, have you ever been in a hurry when God wasn't? I think sometimes that that's when it's the most frustrating to wait -- when you're in God's waiting room. Perhaps you can rush the spouse... maybe you can rush the kids or rush the coworkers... but you just can't rush God. But some of our most important lessons and our most important Christian character traits are developed while we are waiting on God's timing. This Sunday, I'll be preaching about having faith to wait on God. I know it's not easy, but having faith in God includes having faith in God's perfect timing.
Praying for you today and every day,