I hate waiting. There, I said it. Waiting has never been a popular pastime, and our culture makes it worse. We live in the day of fast this and instant that, and having to wait is a big fat frustration.
We’ve started to believe faster is always better. We’ve become seduced by words like “instant” and “easy”. We’ve become quick-aholics, dependent on getting what we want, when we want it.
I don’t like standing in line, waiting at the doctor’s office or in the line at the grocery.
One of my favorite inventions is TiVo/DVR. I love the ability to fast forward through things on TV I don’t want to watch. I can skip right through those commercials with just the click of a button.
I just wish they had this kind of technology for “life”.
Waiting to get married? Just fast forward.
Waiting to find meaningful work? Just fast forward.
Waiting to get healthy? Just fast forward.
Wouldn’t that be nice? No more waiting.
And you know what else complicates things? If you’re a Christian, isn’t it true that when things aren’t happening the way we want them to happen in the timing we want them to happen, we almost always make this assumption that God is not with us.
Have you ever doubted if God loved you?
Have you ever doubted God’s power?
Have you ever wondered if God even has a clue about what’s going on in your life?
Sure you have.
You’ve prayed, “Are you kidding me God? This!? Now!?”
God, will I ever meet that special person?
God, will I ever get this job?
God, will I ever be healed of the chronic pain?
God, will my marriage ever turn around?
At a minimum, waiting is frustrating and confusing. And yet the truth is, I don’t know of anyone who has an authentically intimate relationship with God who doesn’t have a story of waiting on God.
The Bible is full of stories of people who waited on God…
- Abraham and Sarah waited expectantly to have a child.
- Jacob waited for Rachel to be his wife.
- Joseph waited longingly in prison.
- John the Baptist also waited to be rescued from prison.
- Noah waits 150 days for the floodwaters to recede.
- The Israelites waited some 40 years to enter the Promised Land.
- The disciples waited for Jesus to calm the storm.
- The disciples waited for Jesus after the crucifixion
There is an undeniable relationship between waiting and being transformed.
You see, I’m learning more and more that Hope comes from not only believing in God’s power, but also from accepting and trusting his timing. And that’s hard to do.
We want His power.
We want His comfort.
But we don’t want his calendar.
We want God’s promises but not his process. And there is always purpose to the process.
I want to get to a place (and I’m not there yet) in my journey where I can enjoy not only the promise of God, but I can also enjoy the process of God.
I’ve always believed God is just as interested in the journey as he is the destination. And while we may not always understand why we have to wait, the good news is that God never asks us to wait without Him.