“I’ve started to realize that waiting is an art, that waiting achieves things. Waiting can be very, very powerful. Time is a valuable thing. If you can wait two years, you can sometimes achieve something that you could not achieve today, however hard you worked, however much money you threw up in the air, however many times you banged your head against the wall…”
Hurry up and wait can be a way of life. We wait in the check out line. We wait for the food to cook. We wait for our kids to be able to talk, walk or graduate. It may be a way of life but I don’t do well with waiting. I would prefer it now not tomorrow. But the benefits of waiting can be forgotten.
Waiting lets us prepare for what is coming. If what we were waiting for arrived today we may not be ready for it. When we learned that my wife was pregnant with our first child the mad rush of preparing for the arrival began. Now some 13 years and 4 kids later, knowing that Christmas is coming on December 25th lets me plan ahead and empty my bank account slowly instead of buying the gifts all at once. Ha ha!
Waiting develops patience. We need to be reminded that God and life does not work on our time schedule. Just because something is going to happen does not mean it will be today. We can trust that God is at work and the process is progressing even if it is not on our time schedule.
Waiting makes the gift more meaningful. When we have to wait for something for an extended period of time we enjoy the gift more when it arrives. When we had to work for something, save our money to purchase it, or waited a long time for it’s arrival, we value it more.
Learn to be comfortable with waiting. Prepare for what is coming but allow your patience to grow in God and the process.
Waiting time is not wasted time. Waiting time can be invaluable.