I think we have got to accept that we are the most impatient generation yet. Gone are the days where you had to send a letter and wait for a response to communicate with someone that wasn’t within earshot. Most of us have never had to board a ship to reach a destination thousands of miles away. Even the idea of having to save to buy something we could afford has been replaced with the introduction of purchasing items on credit.
We want it all and we want it all now.
There’s a vulnerability that comes with waiting. You might just be waiting for your cake to come out of the oven trying to remember if you remembered to put bicarbonate of soda in it so it will actual rise. You might be waiting for a bus that has been saying ‘due’ for the last 10 minutes, that needs to come in the next 30 seconds otherwise you’ll miss your train. You might be waiting for your big break. You’ve put countless hours and sleepless nights working hard for your business or music career or 9-5 and now you’re waiting for it all to pay off. Ignoring the niggling thought that it never will.
On Tuesday I waited for a train that never came because it got cancelled along the way, waited some more for a train that was so packed (due to the cancellation of the previous train) that I had to watch it drive away with all my hopes of getting to work on time aboard, before finally waiting for a train that I was so determined not to miss I had to manoeuvre and push and wriggle in the fight for a space to stand.
So many people look at ‘waiting’ like its a taboo. Despite my frustration watching my ability to be on time slip away, one huge positive was the drive that I had to fight for a place on the train. How many times do you see people give up on the very thing they’ve been waiting for because they’re so fed up of waiting or they don’t think it’ll happen anymore?
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. (Psalms 130:5 NKJV)
What are you waiting for?
Are you afraid it will never come through?
Has God given you some direction and you’re still waiting for him to make it happen?
Don’t let the wait decrease your hope in God coming through. If there’s anything that worth the wait its our Lord.