How good are you at waiting? How often have you told a child “just wait a minute…”? in reality those minutes are likely to be more like five or ten or longer, its easy to see why children get fed up waiting! Why are we not very good at waiting for anything?
These days I get very fed up waiting for my computer to do something, for that small blue circle to load something, hands up those who’ve resorted to shouting at or cursing the darned thing!!! How quickly we lose patience with things, with people.
We’ve become so used to our super fast information highways delivering pretty much anything in the blink of an eye we’ve lost the ability to wait patiently. Some people have road rage because they can’t wait for the driver in front, hands up again those who get frustrated in traffic queues, (well don’t we all and with just cause sometimes?) And yet we see constantly images of people waiting for help, queuing for food and water, queuing for shelter after natural disasters. Waiting for death or deliverance.
Its just that we’ve got so used to almost instant gratification that we want results or answers immediately. But some things need time, need patience, need nurturing, tending until they’re ready, ripe, grown, developed. Relationships need time, our children need time to grow, to be children before they become adults, the unforced rhythms of grace and life produce the best results.
But for some waiting is an agony, if you’re waiting for important news of loved ones far away or in distress, if you’re waiting for results of medical tests that may have life changing consequences, if you’re waiting for help to arrive in a disaster then waiting is very very hard.
So sometimes just to wait a moment and pause, breathe, reflect and be content to wait is good. But if you know someone needs your support because they’re waiting for something life changing that may be devastating, then get alongside them, let them know you’re there for them. You don’t have to fix it or say anything you just have to be there.
We have a patient God who promises never to leave or forsake us, He will see us through the waiting, He will be there throughout, He waits with us.
Romans 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[o] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.