Does anybody besides me hate to wait? It can drive me crazy having to wait for something when I feel like, I don't know how long this is going to go on. We long for now, but we live in a world of not yet.
You get stuck in a traffic jam. You feel like it's never going to untangle. Or you call a company about a bill, or you want to order food to go. Have you ever had this happen? Somebody picks up, and they say, “Do you mind if I put you on hold?" You can't say, No. Then they put you on hold, and you may be on hold for 15 or 20 minutes. It drives me crazy when that happens. One of the reasons we don't like waiting is that waiting reminds me, I’m not in control. When I'm waiting, I can't do any of the important things that make me feel like I'm accomplishing something because I'm just sitting around. Nobody likes to do that.
Go to a doctor's office. They have a whole room devoted to waiting. It's just called the waiting room. Nobody volunteers to go to the waiting room. The one person you never see in the doctor's waiting room is the doctor. You never have a receptionist say, you go to his office. You get work done. You accomplish whatever you want to. When you're ready, we'll send the doctor in. He'll be waiting in the waiting room for you. One of the rules of waiting is the less important person always has to wait on the more important person. Waiting makes us feel less important, and we don't know how long we're going to have to wait. If you ever go to Disneyworld, you have to wait so long. They actually put signs up in the line that say like, from this point on, it will be another three days before you go on the Splash Mountain. Wouldn't it be great if they had signs like that in real life? From this point, six months till you find a spouse. Or, from this point, four years till your kids grow up. Or, from this point, 10 years till I grow up. The problem with waiting is it's not just that we don't know when now is going to come; the problem is now may never come. We may live in not yet for the rest of our lives, and it drives us crazy
Waiting is actually a wonderful spiritual discipline. It's one of the ways God shapes us. Instead of fighting it, instead of being all hurried and focused on yourself and all the important things you have to do, take it as an invitation from God to be reminded, I'm not in control of the world, and that's a really good thing. I'm going to wait with Jesus, and I'm going to wait in hope. I'm going to wait in peace. I'm going to remember the world is not on my shoulders.
God, we invite you into our waiting.