We live in an age where “instant” is key. If it’s not instant connection, then it’s instant meals, or instant entertainment, even one day delivery. Life is moving on the fast track because “time is of the essence”. Many of us, probably starting with the millennial generation and now including Gen Z, don’t quite remember what it means to “wait” for anything.
Back in the days of my grandparents, you couldn’t just jump on your smart phone and message your loved one in New Zealand while in the Caribbean. You had to write a letter, journey to the post office, mail the letter which would probably take a month to arrive and then wait another month to get a response. I don’t know about you, but ain’t nobody got time for that. “It’s my ‘everything’ and I want it now“. If I order a dress on Amazon I expect it to get to me by tomorrow, and how dare YouTube take more than a millisecond to load my video!!
Instant gratification is the thing of this age and anything less, isn’t worth it!
Most of you would probably think I’m being extra, but if you really think about it, that’s how we’ve become. And sure, the advancement in technology has afforded us that mentality, but is it really the best way to approach life? Is it really that beneficial?
Lately, having to wait has been the bane of my existence. Waiting for my online business to take off (although I just started it this year); waiting for my IG follower count to increase; waiting to catch a break with sales in my journal line. But everything is just moving so slowly!! And to tell you the truth I was starting to get super frustrated.
But then something occurred to me. If as I christian I believe that God is in control of my life, and I’m getting frustrated because things aren’t moving as quickly as I want them to then, in essence, I’m frustrated with God! Now…there’s a new perspective. Frustrated with God? Say it ain’t so!
But it was so. In essence I’m telling God that he is not moving fast enough for me. The Bible says that,
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17
So if I believe that God provides everything that’s good and perfect for me, and I’m expecting this good thing to work and it’s not yet, am I saying that God is withholding his goodness? If God has made promises to me about what my life is supposed to look like, and has given me direction and inspiration in order to move along that path of His perfect will and destiny, but things seem slow moving, do I doubt that his promises are still “yes and amen”.
The thing that I’ve realized is that every good thing takes time. There are so many examples of that in the Bible. Take for instance David. He knew that he was anointed to be King long before he ever took the throne, and there were many things he had to endure before reaching that destination. And in all this time he could’ve gotten frustrated or angry with God for making promises and not delivering, but he didn’t do that. Even after knowing he would be the next king, he had to go back to the fields, and when he finally got a chance to go to the palace, it was only to play guitar to soothe King Saul’s tormented soul. Then he went up against Goliath and won and got praise from all the women of the time which brought upon Saul’s jealousy. In essence, David was just living his life, then he as told he would be king and had to go through so much drama before that could eventually happen (including King Saul trying to kill him for no other reason that his own envy). David could have easily gotten angry and ask why God would put him through all of that after he never even asked to be King. But, he didn’t. He took everything in stride, trusting that God would have his back and fulfil his promises. And there was so much he learned along the way, including faith in his God, that helped him to be a better king. (Read the story of David in 1 & 2 Samuel)
You see when we focus on our own lack, our hearts suffer despair, which sometimes causes us to try to fix the problems on our own. This often leads us to sin. But when we focus on God, and keep our eyes fixed on him, working through the waiting, we find so much satisfaction and joy in the process and there becomes an opportunity to grow confident in knowing that the Lord will provide what is best.
Sometimes there are lessons in the waiting that need to be learned in order to properly steward the blessing on the other side.Tweet
Easier said than done, I know, trust me. Waiting is hard, and as humans self preservation and “security” is high on our lists so sometimes waiting on God is difficult. It’s a war between our flesh and spirit. Whether it’s waiting on a prayer to be answered, waiting on a job, waiting on a spouse, waiting on your finances to turn around, it’s all still waiting. We have to constantly work on our propensity to focus on the object of our desire, rather than the Provider.
My hope for myself and for all of you, is that we give up trying to drive from the passenger seat. Be patient in your waiting, but not passive. Continue doing the last thing God told you to do. So if that is to watch videos and read books related to marriage in preparation for a spouse, or work on your craft until you can get recognition for it, or just to keep fasting for the breakthrough… Do your part and trust God to take care of the rest.
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