One of the hardest things to do is wait. We like things instantly in this world of ours. If we send an instant message, we want an instant response. If we order something on Amazon, we want next day delivery. If we’re flying, we want priority boarding. If we’re Black Friday shopping, we get up at the crack of dawn to be first in line. I have never met anyone who enjoys waiting. We can’t even wait for a pot of coffee to brew. We want that instant cup from Keurig.
I’m not sure how we got here. Surely we had to wait for the technology to get us to this state of I want it now. I remember waiting for the ice cream truck to pass down my street in the summer. I remember waiting until I was tall enough to ride certain rides at the amusement park. I remember waiting to get my driver’s license. Technology couldn’t help any of us in those situations. Why is it so hard to just wait?
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ~Matthew 7:7
Even this verse has an inherent wait factor. It doesn’t say “Ask, and you’ll get it right away.” It doesn’t say “Seek and you will find it instantly.” It also doesn’t say “Knock, and the door will be opened to you as soon as you knock.” Even in scripture, we must often times wait.
Today, as I sit in anticipation of answered prayers, I admit that it’s a bit uncomfortable. I can tolerate discomfort to some degree, but all this asking and seeking and knocking and waiting has me wondering. I’m wondering how long must I wait for this particular prayer to be answered. Knowing God the way that I do, I know that the wait won’t be much longer. He heard me the first time, and he is definitely at work. Just because I can’t see all that has been done for my good doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been done. I truly believe that his answer is “Yes.” For that reason, I must continue to wait because he’s a man of his word.
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