In a coffee shop restroom, I waved my hands violently before the electronic dispenser. Nothing happened. I purposely placed my hand directly in front of the little waving hand graphic, but it seemed as though the paper towel was taking days to dispense. As if having a spasm, I waved my hand repeatedly in front, but it made no difference. When I paused and put my hand down by my side the machine went dark so I waved again. I hoped it would trip the laser red light sensor. Phew! Out came a paper towel. (Perhaps I should just wait a minute)
Are you good at waiting? Would you consider yourself a patient person? Is there anything in your current life circumstances which is causing you to have to wait? Is the waiting producing patience?
I wouldn’t consider myself an impatient person nor would I consider myself incredibly long-suffering. But I noticed my bent toward impatience one night w
hile making popcorn. We have an air popper. I love it! Popcorn with fresh squeezed lime and salt…Fabulous! The popper seemed to take too long to heat up, so I removed the lid, What’s the deal? That’s the moment the kernels began to shoot out of the machine. (Just wait a minute)
At the gas pump. I squeezed the nozzle four or five times rapidly, nothing came out. So I stopped waited a second then squeezed it again. Finally, gas flowed from the nozzle into my car’s tank. I giggled at my need to be so speedy. I realized I didn’t save any time trying to do it quickly and it probably delayed the process. (Perhaps I should just wait a minute.)
I enjoy a cup of chocolate, caramel brownie, decaf coffee in the morning. I buy it whole bean then grind it coarsely and use in our french press. It’s wonderful. Careful not to grind it too finely, I checked the size of the grounds and I removed the lid to see the beans, but not before the blade had completely stopped spinning. Bits of black coffee beans flew all over the kitchen counter and lightly dusted it. A few more minutes of clean up were required because I was too impatient to wait for the machine to stop spinning before I opened the lid. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I have done this more than once. (Hmm? Wait a minute.)
I do all sorts of things to combat impatience. I think these help me slow down:
- I allow others get in front of me in the grocery line.
- I let other cars into my lane when merging in a traffic jam.
- I drive, from time to time, in the right lane in busy traffic to quench that percolating frustration which too easily causes the desire to want to shout,”Get moving people!”
- I wait for people to spit out their words rather than be the impatient “Sentence Finisher.” or shout, “Spit it out junior!”
Rather than try to rush a solution or be impatient. I think not being able to rush a current circumstance that I now face has really been the thing that has allowed me to trust in the timing and wonderful orchestration of God. (I’m not saying it’s easy, but God is working on me.)
I know God has promised to work in my life and he always keeps his promises. If he says He’ll do something He will! Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Here are some promises that involve…WAIT:
God is not slow in keeping His promises. Psalm 27:13-14 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Promise: God plans good for you. Isaiah 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God beside you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
I must wait on God in my current situations. (Hmm? I guess I do need to wait a minute)
Are you in a situation that requires waiting on God? Are you being patient? Share or journal your own prayer or resolve to wait.