Today, we live in a world where a lot of things are becoming instant. Looking back, people of before had snail mails that required those days to deliver a message, but now we have instant messengers that only require us a single click to do the same. Before, they had to walk when they want to go places, but now we have motorcycle taxis like Angkas because we hate waiting when we are stuck in traffic. Before, they had heliographs that required them hours to take a photo, but now we have point and shoot cameras that only require us seconds to take a selfie, and we can even add some filters ourselves. Generally, we love instant things and hate the things that make us wait. Even in love, sometimes, we cannot wait for the right person and the right timing to come. That’s why many people are panic-loving and settling for people they are not certain of. Sometimes, when the things we pray for don’t happen by the time in which we want them to happen, we consider them unanswered prayers. When we rush things, we tend to settle for less, fail to see the real essence of things and fail to get what we really deserve – the things that God planned for us. With that, it is evident that most of us have become impatient and have embraced instant gratification. However, what we fail to realize is that waiting is part of the process, and the process is really what matters. We pray to God, “grant me this, grant me that,” without even asking if it is really His will, and if it is really according to His perfect timing.
Patience requires surrender, and surrendering one’s self to God requires patience. If we wish to follow Him, He will prune us, and there are things, habits, or even people we need to let go. For us to trust the Lord, we have to trust the process, and for us to trust the process, we have to trust the waiting. We should embrace the joy of delayed gratification. “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it patiently.” (Romans 12:12). Here are 3 E’s for us to wait patiently for God:
- Enjoy the process. Don’t just trust the process, enjoy it too. What we can do to enjoy the process is to choose to be hopeful amidst uncertainty. Let us put our hope in God remembering that He knows what’s best, and His timing is flawless. Let us allow the hope that comes from Him to keep us joyful in this season of waiting.
- Embrace Him in the process. Imagine this waiting season as a long, rocky, and tiring journey. There will be times where we will fall. There will be times where we will have doubts. There will be times where we will want instants again. There will be times where we will want to come back to our old ways. There will be times where we will get tired and feel like we cannot walk anymore. But in these times, we have to embrace God and allow Him to be the one to carry us. Remember that we are not alone, and we will never be. We always have a God we can run to, cry on, and embrace tightly. Let us allow Him to be our strength, comfort, and assurance. There may be a lot of delays, but they are sometimes redirections. Keep in mind that by His grace, we can hold on and go through.
- Encounter Him in the end. Whatever it is that we are waiting for – career, calling, love life, or vocation – keep in mind that the endpoint of everything is God Himself as well. We are with Him before the process, during the process, and we will be with Him forevermore at the end of the process. Wait not for things nor people, but only for God. Let us pray for the things that will lead us to Him and the things that will allow us to seek Him more. This life is full of waiting, but we should know that the one we are truly waiting for is God alone. We may have different routes, but we all have the same destination – in God’s loving arms.
In this season of waiting, let us allow our hearts to beat and burn only for the Lord. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26). Remember that it is in waiting that we welcome God’s beautiful plan and flawless timing to happen in our lives. It is neither easy nor smooth-sailing, but there is joy in it. Now, the challenge for us is to find the joy in waiting.
Brent Balda is a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the area of NCR North