Don’t you just hate waiting? I don’t think I know anybody who likes to wait. Some do it better than others but, for the most part, I don’t think anyone actually enjoys it. For me waiting in lines is the worst. The average American (sorry, I don’t have Canadian stats) spends between two and three years of their lives waiting in line. When I heard that I decided that if possible I wouldn’t stand in lines, even if it means being last. People think I’m really polite but I just don’t want to stand in line.
But if you think waiting in line is bad, consider this: according to one study, we spend seventeen percent of our lives waiting in general. Whether that be in lines, or on hold, or for your wife to get ready (now that I think of it, it may be somewhat more than 17% for men). But seventeen percent! If a person were to live 80 years that would be more than thirteen and a half years of our life spent waiting.
Considering how long we spend waiting you would think that we would be pretty good at it, but it seems like the more we have to wait the worse we get at it. Watch someone who has been forced to wait. The responses will range from impatient fretting and sighing and foot tapping, to reading an outdated article about topics we don’t really care about, to the vacant stares of those who have given up.
The Bible speaks a lot about waiting. The most famous is probably Isaiah 40:13 that says those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength. The waiting spoken of in the Bible is different than the way in which we typically wait. Larry Crabb calls it passionate patience. It is an eager expectation, waiting with a purpose; to know Jesus better, and to have his nature more fully formed within me and therefore expressed through me after I am finished waiting.
It is a valuable thing to set aside time each day to wait on God. I prefer early mornings before anyone else is up, but for others another time may work best. But we can also wait on God during the times we are forced to wait for others. You should thank me. I just found you thirteen more years that you can spend consciously in the presence of God.