Patience in a World of Impatient People
We live in a world that is all about instant gratification. I have the privilege to work from home, and while I respect that privilege and the flexibility it offers, I have to be careful not to let my work consume me since it is just a hallway away. My wife has called me a workaholic in the past, and although I prefer to think of it as the amazing work ethic my parents instilled in me, at times she is right. It is almost impossible to get away from work these days with that little device we so affectionately called the ‘smartphone.’ It seems the ‘smarter’ my phone gets, the dumber I get… I can’t remember anything these days if it is not in my calendar, or in a note app.
Just today, I am sitting in my office working on some quotes that I need to provide to a client when an e-mail from a colleague (my company has over 800 employees and I have never met this person face-to-face mind you) comes across my inbox. Literally no more than three minutes later, I get an instant message from this person asking if I got their e-mail. My first response was, “C’mon, give me a break! Have you no patience?” Technology has made the vast majority of us impatient people. We expect responses instantly, and when we don’t get them we act like the world is coming to an end. No patience for a response to an email. No patience to wait for TV commercials to end. No patience to call someone on the phone – instant text messages are better. It’s easier to get a response even if the person is busy, right?
How often do we take that impatient attitude with God? The bible tells us in Habakkuk 2:3 “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Everything in God’s plan works to His glory, and…. are you ready for this…. on His time! Not ours!
I have known people, and if I am honest, I have been guilty of it myself, who get so stressed out waiting on God for answers to prayers. I wonder if instead of trying to hurry God along, what if we focused on slowing down and taking peace in the blessings that come with waiting.
When we fully put our trust in God through Jesus Christ, we honor Him when we demonstrate patience and accept His timing over ours!