I’m not a good waiter. I don’t mean the kind that works in a restaurant (though I wouldn’t be good at that either). I’m talking about the fact that I dislike waiting for anything. That’s why I’m rarely early, because I don’t like waiting around. I haven’t the patience.
Waiting is boring and painful. It’s not for busy people like me. Except that it is, because I’m human and human beings have to wait at times. I’m also a human being who belongs to God, and God often commends us for waiting.
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As a not-very-good-waiter, at least I’m in good company. Look at Job’s chutzpah in asking the question: “Why must the godly wait for him [God] in vain? (24:1) He wanted to know why God allowed the wicked to prevail. And what about the author of the longest psalm in the Bible? This man could not stop praising God for the perfection of his law. Neither could he keep himself from lamenting God’s apparent slowness in bringing justice to law breakers, exclaiming “How long must I wait?” (119:84). Surely waiting for justice must be one of the hardest kinds of waiting a person will ever have to do.
And then there’s waiting on a promise to be fulfilled or a prayer to be answered. Waiting is hard because it exposes our weakness, our inability to control things. We think we know what’s best but we haven’t the power to make “the best” happen. Or we dislike the feeling that comes when problems aren’t resolved. We want closure. Forced to wait, we do it reluctantly, praying and churning with worry.
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