Waiting – something that seems simple enough, but can be hard to do. I’m not just talking about waiting for that “someone” (though it can be applicable). I’m also talking about anything that is worth waiting for – an opportunity, a promise, a miracle, or anything in between.
Waiting can be hard, especially (but not limited to) to the youth. I’m not an expert on waiting myself, but here are two things that I think makes waiting harder for most people.
This one is obvious. We’re living in a world that is used to getting things quickly and instantly. I always hear from older (or to be safe, more advanced) people how they used to go to libraries and find the book they need to do their assignments and research. But for our generation, all of that information is just a click away. The funny thing is, we even get irritated when we have to wait a little longer when our Internet connection is slow.
We want everything now. If we want coffee, there’s instant coffee. If we want noodles, there’s instant noodles.
Same goes with that opportunity or that relationship. We’re so used to getting things in an instant, that we’re not used to waiting. We want to feel satisfied in an instant.
Yes, impatience is an obvious reason why waiting can be hard. But the next, at least in my mind, is not that obvious.
What does fear have to do with it? Well, we want to feel that we’re in control. We want everything to be in our hand. We want to call the shots. Uncertainty or the unknown can make us afraid.
For example (here’s a popular one): for the men, when we know that we need to wait for that woman. Thoughts enter our minds like: “What if someone else comes into the picture and I miss my chance?” or “What if I wait and nothing happens?”
Waiting can be a risk.
So what do we do? How can waiting become easier? The answer is trust.
But trust who?
It says in Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
And in Romans 8:28:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.“
So who do we trust? We can trust in God for he is faithful.
We can be patient, because we know that if it’s from God, it will be worth the wait. We don’t need to fear because God is in control.