Waiting has become as much a part of our lives as eating, sleeping, shopping, or driving.
We wait to catch a bus, an airplane flight, a shuttle, taxicab, or other transportation services, or sit in the waiting room of the doctor’s or dentist’s office. These types of services generally operate on a schedule.
Then, there are activities involving our personal investment of time, like waiting in line at the DMV, standing in line to pay for groceries, waiting to pick up your child after school, or walking your pet. All of these activities, and others, involve waiting and time.
The historical roots of time began with the story of Creation when evening and morning were marked as “the first day.” There is nothing to indicate a definite period of time spent on the creation of day and night. However, history tells us that the method for calculating the 24-hour day from sunset to sunset was based on the original first day. (Genesis 1:5). The Bible also informs us that God finished all the work of Creation on the “seventh day” with no definite time period indicated for actual completion.
It appears that several events influenced the design of the weeks, months, years, and seasons without mention of specific eras for time calculation. It took hundreds of years for a full calendar to emerge. Yet, we become impatient over a schedule that dictates our day-to-day life journey.
Waiting and time are companions. Waiting requires endurance and determination; time requires faith and expectation. How are you managing your wait? If you are whining, complaining, comparing your waiting period to someone else, or pouring out your wait story on your friends, I suggest you clasp your hand over your mouth and sigh deeply.
I will admit that waiting patiently for something in the current environment is not very popular. Several years ago, the invention of the microwave oven was a huge deal. Still, in comparison to today’s hyper-automation, robotics, the internet, chatbots, etc., which produce results at what seems like warp speed, early technology has almost gone the way of the dinosaur.
Here are a few hints on waiting that may ease the stress when you feel you are approaching the “tired of waiting” syndrome:
God does not have a deadline; one day with the Lord is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. (2 Peter 3:8). Exercising patience while you spend time waiting, will yield great rewards in whatever activity you are involved or in whatever situation you are faced.
Waiting and time will build your character and strengthen your faith. Some of our most memorable life events have occurred when we waited for the outstanding instead of rushing and getting the mediocre.