Why Wait?

The year – 1974.  Youth camp is history and I want to see the pictures captured on film; to hold the memories in my hands.  I put the film in a mailer and send it to a developer in Atlanta.  A couple of weeks later the snapshots arrive in the mail…

The year – 1981.  I am expecting my first child.  I have no idea whether I will hold a son or daughter…

The year – 1999.  My favorite musical group has just released a new CD.  I have heard a couple of songs on the radio but have no idea how the rest of the project sounds.  I will have to wait until I get home to find out if I paid $15.00 for only one or two good tunes.

My how things have changed!

We see pictures instantly as our cameras take them; if we even have them developed, we can do it on line and pick them up in less than an hour…

Ultrasounds allow us to paint the nursery blue or pink months before the wee one arrives…

Thanks to iTunes and Google Play, we can pick and choose which songs we want to purchase and can listen to them anywhere (as long as our phone or tablet is charged!)

No wonder we want God to do it NOW!  Why should we wait upon the LORD?  Doesn’t He know that we are living in the 21st Century?

It makes me wonder – have we lost the wonder of the wait?  In our quest for the instant have we lost the joy of anticipation? Would we rather walk by sight than by faith?

I don’t know.  But I do know that waiting is part of the process God uses to mold us into the people He wants us to be.  And one day “through faith and patience [we will] inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:12)

Hang in there… it will be worth the wait.