Five Minute Friday: Now


The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “now.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

We are such a “here and now” culture in the United States.  We don’t want to have to wait for anything.  Even in our grocery stores we now have the U-Scan lines where we can zip through without having to wait in the checkout line.  (Personally, I was in a grocery story recently where they didn’t have U-Scan lines and I was a little miffed to have to wait in a regular checkout line I’ll have to say!)

NOW is when we want our espresso drink ready. NOW is when we want to have a relationship issue fixed.  NOW is when we want healing for ourselves or a loved one.  NOW is when we want God to answer our prayer requests.  But it usually doesn’t work that way.

Instead, I feel there are so many Bible verses dealing with “waiting.”  For example, there is the one about waiting patiently for the Lord and He will hear our cry (Psalm 40:1-3).  Or there is the one about Israel waiting for the coming Messiah for many, many years (Luke 3:15-16).  And yet Jesus said to them, “Today this has been fulfilled in your presence” (Luke 4:16-21).

So the big WAIT, the one that truly matters is over!  That is good news for us all and should help us out a little as we continue to deal with the smaller WAITS in our lives.  Next time you get impatient with something not happening NOW, remember this truth that you actually no longer have to wait for the biggest gift of all.

5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Now

    1. Bethany Post author

      Yes, it felt like an appropriate sentiment in this Advent season as we remember Christ’s coming to earth! Glad it spoke to you too. 🙂

  1. Lesley

    So true, we often want to have it all now, and that attitude is so much part of our culture that it makes waiting even harder. I’ve been writing a lot about the topic of waiting this month so I love your insight that we no longer have to wait for the greatest gift of all. That’s a helpful perspective to have in out other waits. Visiting from FMF #39.

    1. Bethany Post author

      Yes, a little different take on the phrase “here and now” than your post that I read but still both true. And both very applicable! Thanks, Bethany


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