We like the instant and the now. iTunes allows me to order a song the instant I hear it on the radio or soon after we sing a praise song at church that I immediately love. My Kindle allows me to download a book as soon as someone recommends it to me or as soon as I read a review or blog post about it. My microwave lets me heat up a meal in a couple of minutes or so.
In my BSF study last week, I read a familiar verse that has been marked in my Bible since (at least) 1997:
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:4, NASB95)
In the margin, I'd written:
I will wait for You, my Lord! (11/6/1997)
Will I wait for Him? Have I waited? Do I sit and experience His presence as often as I should in the hurry, hurry, want it now world I live in?
I want my answer to be Yes to those questions, but I can't say that's always the truth. Yet. The good news, I'm a work in progress. We all are. And our God is such a loving, patient Father toward His children.
It's probably time to take a moment, climb into His lap, and whisper, "Here I am, Abba-Daddy. Let's just sit together for a while and love on each other."
Care to join me there?