Thursday, September 30, 2010

In God's Time

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly...

--Psalm 5:3

...but please hurry up!

We live in a world that demands instant results. We have immediate access to news, sports scores, entertainment, and information thanks to computers and the Internet. Actually, with the advent of "smart phones" we don't even need the computer anymore. We have microwave ovens and "fast food" when we get hungry and "EZ Pass" at toll booths.  So, when we actually have to wait for something, we tend to get anxious and impatient.

Today, when the Keurig machine at my work made a cup of coffee in under 60 seconds, I found that to be too slow...and got the idea for this post.  (Now I know where my kids get it. Sorry Sarah.) The same can be said when we offer prayers for a particular request. When we don't see immediate results we start to worry and maybe we question if our prayers are even being heard. I've written about God's will and God's plan and now want to focus on God's time.

God's time doesn't work with our 24/7 - me, me, me mentality. In fact, God is above and beyond our very concept of time itself. When we ask for something in prayer, we need to remember that we're not being ignored. Could it be that He wants us to learn something from the experience of waiting? Maybe patience or humility? The psalmist wrote that we should "wait expectantly" not impatiently. Just as St. Paul wrote in Romans 12:12, Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

God hears and answers all our prayers. Our faith tells us when we call on God, we should expect things to happen. But just as it is God's will and wisdom, it will also be in His time.

God love you!

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love this! Although I try to be patient I also find it hard to do. I find myself lacking patience and wonder why I feel the way I do. I try to be patient with our children, only to find myself repeating over and over and can hear in my voice that I am not being patient at all. I love my children so very much yet I find myself being tested..not by God but by myself. I try to bring myself back to the thought "these are God's children. I have been blessed with the opportunity to help them grow and learn to be great people, people who can make a difference." In those moments I try to get back to reality, try to be patient and teach them, somehow, that we are all human but we need to be patient, not only with things, like a coffee machine, but especially with each other. This is more significant now as our children have grown into young children, children with different needs. I know, somehow, being and teaching patience now will make a difference in their lives. God works through this and great things can happen when we stop and wait.