A word that most of America can’t bear to hear. We are so used to getting the things we want with the snap of our fingers -- whether it’s the newest iPhone or something we bought on Amazon Prime -- that we are just annoyed with the idea that we possibly have to wait.
Don’t believe me? Let’s brainstorm.
Have you ever found yourself getting annoyed when a 10-second AD rudely interrupts your YouTube or Facebook video or when you’re playing your favorite game on your phone? Do you get irritated when your favorite show on Netflix won’t release another season for the next 3 months? Have you ever gotten frustrated when you realize your internet is SO SLOW and you have to wait for your webpage to load? Have you ever been so impatient to get your new pair of shoes or video game that you pay an extra $15 for expedited shipping? Have you ever let out a loud dramatic sigh when you get an email that tells you your package will be delayed another day?
That’s because we can’t stand waiting and we want everything right away. I’m guilty of this sometimes myself.
Waiting can be excruciating. It can be annoying and it can even be a burden depending on the situation. But whether we believe it or not, waiting can also be beneficial to us: it tries our faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and it endears the blessing when it comes.
For example, let’s talk about my brother Job for a second. If anyone knows the story of Job, you know that this man went THROUGH it. He was a very wealthy man. He lost his crops, cattles, servants, and his property. To put the icing on the cake, he even lost his children. His wife even told him to curse the Lord and die. Job had every right to be angry at God and blame Him - but he chose not to because he knew that God had a plan for him and he chose to be patient. He was willing to accept what God had in store for him: after all, Job’s life is not his own. In the end, God restored twice as much to Job than he had in the beginning and proved to Satan Job’s faithfulness to God.
“ 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.”
“The Lord’s people are a waiting people: they waited for the first Advent, now they wait for the Second. They waited for a sense of pardon, now they wait for perfect sanctification. They have cried and they do wait; their past prayer sustains their present patience...Those who do not hope cannot wait; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. God’s Word is a true Word, but at times it tarries; if ours is true faith it will wait the Lord’s time”
As I read this quote by one of my favorite preachers, I begin to try and unravel the true meaning of waiting and why it’s so important. Think about it: if we were to get everything we wanted as quickly as we wanted it, would we truly cherish it or take it for granted? Would we actually value and/or need God? If Jesus had come as soon as Adam and Eve sinned, would we truly cherish the gift of grace that God granted us through His Son? If Jesus wasn’t insanely patient with his disciples, would we have the free gift that we were granted? Because we have hope in the Lord, we know that He is worth the wait regardless. Because we know that everything that we ask for is not exactly what we need, we trust God all the more knowing that He gives us what is for our good and for His glory.
With that being said, I am truly thankful that I have been put in this season of waiting. Because I know that my faith is true, I will wait in the Lord’s time - just as Job did. Even if I am not seeing the progress that I want to see during this season of support raising and even though my launch date has been pushed back another two months, I will continue this task that the Lord has given me to do. I know that when I have reached Berlin, I will appreciate everything more than I would have if everything went the way that I wanted it to.
So whether we are waiting on God to move, for Jesus to come back, for that boy to stop staring at you and just ask you on a date, for Cardi B to finally leave Offset alone, for the McDonald’s worker to finish making your number 7 with extra cheese, for your hairstylist to finish braiding your hair for after nearly 8 hours of suffering, or for Rihanna to release her new album (LIKE GIRL COME ON) - know that the wait will be worth it in the end. Jesus was worth the wait, wasn’t he?