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.