Posted by: Don Linnen | 31 May 2017

Waiting

How good are we at waiting? My pastor, Bryan Duggan, posed that question Sunday in his sermon. It got me to thinkin.

We can sit on our hands, twiddle our thumbs, check our social media, play the latest game on our handy pocket computer        OR         we can focus, remain alert, concentrate, and be ready for what’s next.

Instructions from our tv heroes are mixed. Coach Taylor in “Friday Night Lights” urged his young football players with calls to action:

“Don’t just stand by and watch it happen.”

“Don’t think. Just do.”

“You get one chance in life, fellas. You can either take advantage of it, or you can piss it away. You do that latter, and you’re gonna regret it the rest of your lives.”

Captain Haldane in “The Pacific” urged his young infantrymen to save themselves for action“Never run when you can walk. Never walk when you can stand. Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lay down. Never lay down when you can sleep.”

Waiting room. Waiting line. Waiting for the storm to pass – or the battle to begin. Waiting for the next available customer service representative. Waiting for grades. Waiting for him to call. Waiting for our friend Robin in ICU to wiggle her big toe.

We have ample opportunity to practice. Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage…   Psalm 27:14

People often fail to get what they ultimately want because they fail to wait. They trade what they want the most for what they want right now.

Tim Keller said it another way. “Self control is the ability to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.” 

We also have ample time to reflect when waiting. Non-believing minds may be bored. Believing minds may wonder along with C.S. Lewis who said, We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us: we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

Stay away from the dumb, gentlemen.” Another caution from Coach Taylor. At first I thought it had nothing to do with waiting. It actually has everything to do with our decisions made while waiting.

…but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.   Psalm 37:9

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