The late Gen X’ers and Millennials have never really had to do much of it. In fact, they cringe at the thought of it waiting. Thanks to fast food retailers, Gautrain express trains, get to the point in 140 characters on twitter, and supermarket “10 items or less” checkout counters (just to name a few), we have gradually lost any and all tolerance for waiting. We don’t have the patience to read a long articles, we quickly scheme through them and move on. We have check in counters at airports, movie theatres, we buy tickets online, print and go straight in. Things are moving so fast, that waiting is slowly becoming obsolete. We want things, we want them now. We are in a microwave era. Instant everything and we justify it by saying “time is money.”
Generally I ‘m very patient, but I also have my moments of losing patience. I have realised that I get easily frustrated when someone doesn’t answer my call, text, or email promptly. But I know there are people who never want to wait in line at cinemas. They start to steam when that friend (whom they love) says they will be there at 6:00 pm but doesn’t show up until 6:10pm. Some people don’t even have the patience to wait on the elevator to move two floors, they end up pressing the up-bottom twice or more (ridiculous, I know).
While processing all of these instances, I realised that there a serious problem. Is it really such an inconvenience to a schedule to have to be patient for just a few tiny moments of your day? Of course, the answer is no. But there is a greater lesson to be found here:
Waiting is a part of life. No matter how advanced technology may become or how many more choices we are offered in this life, we are always going to be required to wait on something or someone.
Whether it be in the work environment, relationships, or leisure, waiting is never comfortable or pleasant. But we could all testify to the fact that waiting has proven profitable at times. We must remember that the big thing God has waiting for us just beyond the horizon is only found through seasons of being still and patiently trusting a greater plan.
Scripture is full of great examples of how waiting proves valuable in the end. Psalm 46:10 provides probably the best advice ever for waiting: “Be still, and know that I am God.” In other words, breathe in, breathe out, and simply trust the one who knows us best and what’s best for us–our Creator.
However waiting does not mean you should not do anything. Waiting does not mean be lazy and idle. Do something while you are waiting. If you are starting a business, waiting for phone call in the office is not going to help your business, especially as a start-up.
Consider your own life. Do you have a low tolerance for waiting? Do you feel entitled to have everything “your way, right away”? Do you need to take time to be still, trusting in the Lord’s perfect plan and timing over your own?