Have A Seat
“Have a seat, please!
In our culture those words usually mean it’s going to take a while.
I did my ‘civic duty’ this past week and reported to jury duty.
I was greeted with the following phrase: “have a seat”. I immediately knew what was next. I would be waiting to see if I would be one of the jurors who would be selected.
Don’t get me wrong, I am always glad to perform this duty; it’s just the waiting part of this process that I don’t enjoy.
In our instant, I gotta have it now culture, waiting has become a forgotten skill.
I read in one of my journals how NASA was sending the Mars rover named “Curiosity” to the red planet. As soon as it entered into the atmosphere of that planet, it took only 7 seconds for it to make a successful landing. That’s a pretty spectacular feat. But keep in mind that prior to the rover landing on the red planet, it had to travel millions of miles at a speed of over 13,000 mph and it took 8 months to reach its destination. All the NASA engineers could do during the duration was wait.
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
–THE FORGOTTEN ART OF WAITING–
We have a difficult time waiting for our computers to boot up each day. We are impatient if our text message isn’t sent instantly. The more we expect, and at times demand, a world absent of waiting, the more challenging life will become for us as Christ followers. I have learned in 33 years of walking with Jesus that God is not beholden to our obsession with schedules, deadlines and a quick turn around. I am grateful God is patient with us.
What are the things in your life that you have been a little impatient over? Consider the changes you would like to see in your own life, your marriage, your children, your health or your friendships —remember they will all take TIME. If you are single and desire to be married, what does the waiting look like in this season? Jesus said, “in patience possess your soul” (Luke 21:19).
In previous years, churches used to have tarrying services where Christians would tarry before the Lord.
Based on Luke 24:49 where Jesus said, “...tarry in Jerusalem until you have been endued with power from on high.”
We need to learn how to tarry more and worry less. Change is the result of three things:
Practice living and telling the truth, in love, to yourself and others, and in time change will come.
Just a thought