Patience is difficult in a society where instant gratification is increasingly the norm. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the benefits of making reservations at the movie theater instead of waiting in line early to get a good seat. I enjoy watching short clips of family and friends on social media to see how and what they are doing. And prepared meal companies have saved me from many “hangry” nights.
However, for me, the growing ease of gratification makes patience a bit more complicated. If I can be honest, patience is already my growing edge. My journey with God gets bumpy when doors of opportunity take longer to open than I think they should. I’ve had a few faith crises in my life when health circumstances and justice situations have taken longer than I’d like to be resolved.
The prophet Jeremiah tells God’s people that there may come a time when we find ourselves living in unexpected uncertainty for an extended period of time. Although deliverance may not come how and when we want it, the prophet reminds us that God will show up. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope (v. 11). Through Jeremiah we remember that God does not want to harm us. In fact, our Lord has plans for our welfare and desires to give us a future with hope.
How can I live as a person with hope while I’m waiting on God?
Holy Spirit, help me become keenly aware of you and your plans for me while I wait. Amen.