I hate to wait.
It’s a character flaw…I know. Even when I know I should wait…I don’t want to. It is an act of supreme discipline for me. And when I do wait (which is not very often) it is mostly an “act.” ‘Cause in real life, I hate to wait.
But there is, more often than not, wisdom in waiting.
I know there are many of you like me out there. No time to wait…we want it now. When we are forced to wait…we call it something else to fool ourselves into thinking that we are still in control of the thing. We say we’ll “take a beat” “catch our breath” “chill” you probably have your favorite term…but it’s all to avoid the dreaded feeling that is… “wait.”
While it’s bad enough that I hate to wait for stuff in my personal life…I don’t want to wait for God in my spiritual life either. Often my prayer life is centered around my will, my timing, my convenience…even if I’m praying for or about someone or something else. When you get right down to it…I’m often really selfish…and ultimately…unwise.
Wisdom has its own reward. Being unwise…its own consequence.
It doesn’t always work that way…but it seems that in my life…I have become the poster child for that statement. Even as I’m writing this, I’m all twisted up in the “wait” of a project I’m working on.
I don’t have a deadline…no one is pushing me for it…it’s just not happening as fast as I want it to…and I’m forced to “take a beat…er…wait”
Hope confidently and expectantly…trust implicitly…those are terms that rarely apply to my situation…self-inflicted or not. Those are the terms that are associated with the “wait” when it is God centered and God focused. There are no consequences when believers “wait” on the Lord…only blessing…and I could use some of that today…right now in fact. How about you?