Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Waiting



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We live in a world of immediacy and instant gratification.

With just a click we can converse with anyone anywhere via the Internet. We can text or make a phone call. We don't have to leave our house to shop because we can just place an order online and have the items shipped to our homes. Grocery stores and some pharmacies will deliver what you need, for a price.

Some people don't have to leave their house to go to work.  Meetings can be done via Skype, phone conferencing, Go to Meeting etc. You can attend church at home by watching it online, on T.V. or listening to a radio broadcast. 

What about meals? Can meal preparation get any faster than popping a box into the microwave and within 3 to 5 minutes your food is ready?

So when we are expected to wait and to exercise patience we don't seem to know what to do with ourselves. 

But some things are better when time is invested and when we have no other alternative but to wait. 

Waiting for a builder and contractors to construct a house is worth the wait so that house owners can be assured of a structurally safe house for their family. 

First-time parents wait nine months for their baby to grow, develop and to be born. The time spent waiting can be utilized in preparing a space in their home for the baby; as well as a place in their hearts.

Waiting although difficult, is an integral part of life.

Days, months, years and decades can be spent waiting for a particular event to occur. A few examples are listed. 

Waiting for: 
  • a job offer
  • re-uniting with a family member
  • forgiveness
  • financial improvement
  • a promise fulfilled
  • a debt cleared
  • an illness overcome
  • an alternative circumstance to be presented
  • a waiting list to open 
  • acceptance
  • relocation 
  • resentment, disappointment, or anger to dissipate
  • an answer to prayer

I have spent time waiting. 

After graduating from teacher's college I accepted various teaching-related positions. They were: working at the Y with the children of young single moms, in a group home with developmentally handicapped adults, supply teaching, instructor for preschool arts and crafts, and a drama instructor for children age 7-12. 

Then an offer came to teach at a private  Christian school in the area. Finally my waiting and patience had paid off! For twelve years I had the opportunity to teach grades 1,2,3,5 and 6.


Waiting is also expressed in the Bible.


Psalms 130:5-6  (NIV) “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the LORD more than watchmen wait for the morning." 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, waiting can be difficult yet you tell us in these two verses that waiting for you, LORD is worthwhile and a blessing. I pray that you help each of us reading these verses to patiently wait for you and your blessings. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Waiting at least for me seems to get easier as I get older. Perhaps you have found waiting easier too, as time passes.

Your turn: What are you waiting for? Feel free to leave a comment.