There is something about waiting that cries frustration.
Yesterday I was on my way home from fetching some dinner and I got stuck behind 2 classic Steam Cars…it was painful. As I sat there traveling at 10mph for 15minutes when I could have been driving on average 40mph, frustration grew heavy within me because I had places to be, people to meet and food to eat. I was longing for the moment their indicators flashed on the opposite side to mine…and it took a while, and so throughout my journey, my voice got louder and my face grew more of a frown. I didn’t like waiting.
What is it about waiting that really fuels our frustration? I believe we now live in a world that is instant and the art of waiting is not often a large part of our daily routine. We can instantly receive signal on our devices to answer a query that appears in our thoughts, we can instantly be given some food to eat when exchanged with a beep of a slice of plastic, when convenient we can instantly watch a program with the click of a button, we could go on… There isn’t a lot of our given 24 hours a day that requires the act of waiting.
David, a Shepherd boy who became King, cried out in Psalm 62, ‘Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.’ In Psalm 37 David urges his readers to, ‘Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.’ We have been placed in a world where we are required to continually battle against the instant and embrace waiting.
But why is it so hard?
Waiting requires humility, because often, we’re relying on someone or something else. To wait in a queue involves trusting those ahead of you to keep moving, to wait for a program to begin requires trust in the technology to do as their manufactures has promised, to wait for the moment I became free from travelling behind a couple of steam cars required trust in the drivers that at some point in the near future, they would eventually turn off, and to wait on God says, ‘I trust in your timing instead of mine.’