Most people HATE waiting.
If you’re over 30 you probably remember when retail stores introduced the new initiative to attract customers “If we see three or more customers in line we will open a new checkout line.” What an exciting day that was! It wasn’t long before retail stores everywhere adopted this policy.
It’s funny, now when I shop at a store, I find myself getting irritated at long lines. That’s when I hear a little voice inside my head reminding me that it wasn’t too many years ago when long lines were part of shopping at popular stores….
We get used to conveniences – that’s human nature. And it’s not too long before we EXPECT conveniences that were once perks.
Nowadays we want what we want, when we want it. And, honestly, we usually want it NOW!
It’s a time where the faster the better. Faster computers. Faster webpages. Faster checkout lines. That’s the beauty of online shopping. It’s quick and easy.
We LOVE quick and easy.
Recently, during our small group meeting, Mary made a comment, “I’m very unusual.” Not wanting her to feel odd, I challenged her statement and asked her why she would say that.
“Because I like waiting.”
“What do you mean?” I inquired.
“I like waiting on the Lord, it’s like a game to me.”
“Oh, yeah. You are unusual!” I laughed, “tell me more.”
“For me it’s fun to see what the Lord is going to do. When we are waiting for something, most people get frustrated and impatient. But I see it as a time where God is working behind the scenes and I get excited! I can’t wait to see what He’s going to pull off this time!”
WOW! What a great attitude!
As I listened to Mary share her stories, it was refreshing to hear how her waiting in expectation was almost amusing to her. She and her husband had wanted to move to Florida to be near her mother, but couldn’t seem to afford the move. When a friend of her mother’s had wanted to sell her home, she hoped and prayed that the numbers would work out, but they didn’t. Although disappointed, they waited expectantly. A year or so later, another friend of her mother’s offered her condo for rent. This time the timing and money worked out perfectly as Mary and her husband had just decided to put their home up for sale in Indiana. Within a few weeks their home had sold and they were on their way to Florida!
Mary was confident. She knew her God would provide. And the waiting was part of the fun! She continued her story…. After living in the home for a short time, she and her husband decided they wanted to purchase it, but the owner wasn’t ready to sell. Mary prayed. And waited. Expecting.
After two years, their guest bathroom started showing signs of its 25 years and the repair bills started adding up. This was enough to change the owner’s mind and before long the owner offered to sell to Mary and her husband for a great price! Once again, Mary was delighted to see what God had done!
Now Mary waits for more important things, like her son’s well being. But she doesn’t get rattled. In fact she doesn’t mind waiting. Because she know that she has a God that intimately cares about every one of her concerns. From her living situation to her children’s well being.
God is working.
A Minute to Meditate
Meditating on waiting might be awkward, because we don’t like silence. Especially the silence of waiting. What we experience as silence is not God being silent- just quiet. God is not idle. He does not slumber.
Our waiting is a time to lean, trust and get excited at what God is about to do!
We wait for the Lord; he is our deliverer and shield.
For our hearts rejoice in him, for we trust in his holy name.
May we experience your faithfulness, O Lord, for we wait for you.
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance.