Why waiting is so difficult?
We are living in the age of impatience. Whether it’s waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for food service, or waiting for marriage, biding our time is more difficult than ever. We’ve been conditioned to have it our way, right away. First, it was fast food and instant coffee, and then it was everything else as well. And our modern society just makes it worse. We want everything done quickly — and new devices constantly spring up to meet those demands and encourage our impatience. We are not used to waiting, and the more our technology caters to our immediate desires, the less we feel willing to wait.
While society makes every attempt to make our life easier and faster, God works on a very different timetable. In His mind, nothing is wrong with waiting. In fact, waiting can be a positive good that he often uses to make us more like His Son.
Something happens while nothing is happening. God uses waiting to change us.
When God tells us to wait, we don’t trust Him – we go ahead and find ways to accomplish what we want to happen. This tendency, to push God to the side, goes against His plan for us. It creates distance in our relationship with Him. It causes us to get into trouble and brings pain.
God wants us to learn how to follow Him and put down our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence, is one of God’s most powerful tools to set us free.
If we are willing, that is.
We don’t start out willing to wait. Our natural response to waiting is often anger or doubt. Fortunately, God is gracious and merciful, understanding of our tendencies, and by His grace, we can choose to wait as he intends. Waiting on the Lord instead of running ahead of the Lord.
Waiting is staying at your appointed place while he says stay, or it’s going at his appointed pace while he says go.
Mikee Natividad is a Mission Volunteer for MFC Youth serving in the Luzon Missions team.