I really don’t like waiting. Maybe it’s because I’ve been conditioned to expect things in a relatively timely fashion, or perhaps it’s just because I’m an impatient person. I don’t really think the latter part is the case, however, as I’ve been known to wait patiently for what can sometimes seem like an eternity for something I truly desire.
As American’s, we’ve been conditioned through years of drive-thru’s and quick service establishments that fast is good and having to wait for something is a major inconvenience.
However, I’ve constantly been reminded that some things in life are well worth the wait.
I’ll wait for the girl who accepts me and loves me for who I am- not for who I want to be.
I’ll wait for divine direction, and trust that my creator has a good plan for his creation.
I’ll wait for a lot of things, but I guess the point is I can’t always say l take joy in the waiting.
I’m fully aware that sometimes one can wait for an opportunity that seemingly goes nowhere, but I don’t think that the process of waiting and developing patience is somehow pointless.
In the waiting, we are often exposed to our truest and rawest forms of ourselves. We can’t do anything to magically get us from point A to point B- so we either can choose to rely on ourselves and our limited understanding, or we can turn to the heavens and look above.
So maybe I won’t see anything tangible come from this period of waiting, but I know I can use it to get a better glimpse of God’s face.
And if I can draw closer to God and gain further wisdom and understanding, then the waiting really isn’t in vain, is it?
In Psalms 130:5-6, David once beautifully expressed his waiting dilemma like this:
I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help,
and in his word I trust.
I wait for the Lord
more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn;
than sentries wait for the dawn.
Regardless of what this period of waiting does or doesn’t bring; I know that it is building endurance and faith.
And perhaps that’s the greatest gift that this waiting period will bring.