Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Waiting Game
Why does waiting have to be so hard?
How is waiting for vacation different than waiting for healing from an injury?
A vacation is fun, you save the money, you pick your destination, you plan your trip. Each day is a countdown to the date you have chosen. You know it is going to happen, for the most part, you have control over it. When healing from an injury or surgery you are at the mercy of your body. You begin to wonder if you will ever begin to feel better. Sometimes it feels like an eternity, which can bring about frustration. Then all of a sudden one day you wake up to find yourself in less pain. The agony of waiting seems to fade, as you feel the results of normalcy coming your way.
What about waiting for a new job or waiting for God to heal you from something that doctors can not? Things we can not control or can not feel or see happening? What then? Do we get angry when things aren’t happening at the moment we think they should? Do we give up hope?
To take my mind off of waiting, I decided to interview Abby. As the saying goes “Out of the mouths of babes”, and my baby girl had some insightful and humorous thoughts, as well as some much needed advice.
Abby‘s thoughts on waiting:
Do you like to wait? NO
WHY? It is boring.
What is the hardest thing for you to wait for? For my computer to unfreeze in Pixie Hollow
What about waiting in lines? They drive me crazy
If you are waiting for something you like, is it worth it? YES
When waiting for something you like, do you get mad or antsy? Antsy
What if you have to wait for something you don’t like, but your friend does? hmm that’s a tuffy, I cant answer that one.
Would you wait in a line for 2 hours if you were promised $100? Yes
What about $1? No Why not? I like a bunch…
What if God asked you to wait 7 days for $1? It’s a tuffy, I don’t want to let God down, but I don’t like just $1, could you change it to $7?
Would you complain? I don’t know, I might….
What would you complain about? That I would only be able to shop at the Dollar Store.
Why not save it? Oh
Tell me something that is worth waiting for? The Finding Nemo ride at Disneyland.
Is your birthday worth waiting for? (crickets) um yes
Why is your birthday worth waiting for? I like the cake, except the one with the red dye, yeah, that was not good.
Do you trust God?. Yes
Do you trust that God will provide what we need and ask him for? Yes, he will always do that.
Does God love us? Yes
Do you think God ever waits on us? Yes
What does he wait for? (crickets)
Does he wait for us to obey him? Yes
Do you think he gets impatient? Yes
But does he still love us? Yes
So he wont strike us with lightning if we take too long? Eeeeeks!!
If God waits patiently for us, do you think we should be patient in waiting for him to answer our prayers? Yes
Why? I respect him.
While I was having fun making her think, I began to think….. Being anxious, edgy, and impatient doesn’t show God much respect. Let alone faith. God is more than patient with us. He always answers. It may not be in the way we expect or when we would like, but he does in the way he knows is best for us and in his time. Abby also brought to my attention how that even if we know when we are going to receive something, as well as know what it is, we still aren’t satisfied. We feel the wait is too long or that the gift is not enough. We want more, and FAST! Patience is good, but not if we aren't satisfied with the gift.
God’s patience with us is immeasurable. While we are busy trying to do things on our own, he waits, and waits. When we finally call out to him, he is there, and he takes pleasure in it. Instead of saying what took you so long, he is joyful. Instead of being edgy or upset that things are not happening on my time table, I will take joy in knowing he will answer in his time. And when he does, I will take joy. Will I remember this the next time I am in pain or ask for provision? I would love to say yes, yet most likely I will regress. Like Abby, I do not always know how to answer, nor do I answer correctly. If I did, I wouldn’t need God.
I know you hear my prayers. I trust you will provide, in your way, in your time.
In Jesus’ Name,
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