Waiting seems to be a hard thing for people in our culture to endure. Even seconds feel like an eternity in settings where we are accustomed to getting what we want RIGHT NOW.
Waiting does not have to be seen in such a negative light, though. We can use it to deepen our spiritual life. Look at the way God worked…how long it took before Christ came to redeem us; Jesus lived 30 years in an ordinary life in a little-known town before beginning His public ministry. He took 3 years to teach, heal and prepare His apostles for their work. It even says in the Letter to the Hebrews, Ch. 10:13, "...and now He waits until His enemies are placed beneath His feet."
There must be something about waiting that is good. It can make us say “no” to our impatience to get what we want right now. It can help us to learn to control ourselves instead of letting our emotions rule the day. It is so easy for us to be ruled by our emotions, and that can really get us into trouble.
Next time you have to wait, use it…pray, think about the blessings in your life. And it just might be that the inconvenience is keeping you from harm. Perhaps you would be in a wreck if you were a few minutes ahead of time. So trust in God’s loving providence, whether it looks like love or not…it is!