Are we there, yet?
On Friday, we talked about the importance of developing patience in our lives. I used several examples of how we must exhibit patience in various situations. One classic example of when a parent needs to show patience is on a road trip, when a child repeatedly asks, “Are we there yet?” It can require great patience for parents to respond to this simple question, especially as the question is asked multiple times over the course of a trip. I have tried to empathize with my kids by acknowledging that they don’t have the cognitive capacity to fully understand how far we are going and how long it will take to get there. We can forget how challenging and painful waiting can be for kids.
As I was reflecting on this, I realized that in our trials we sometimes are not much different than a kid strapped in a car seat for hours at a time. When we are suffering, we cry out to God asking, “Are we there yet?” God doesn’t say to us with a harsh tone, “We’ll get there when we get there!!” He patiently says, “Not yet, but I have good waiting for you!” God is always kind, tolerant, and patient with us (Romans 4:2). For the past several months I have, in my own way, asked God to move more quickly and each time God patiently asks me to wait a little while longer. It’s been painful to have to wait, but I have continually tried to seek God, trusting that he is going to get us to our destination in His perfect timing. I pray that we as a church can grow in patience, and in particular, continually follow what it says in Psalm 27:14:
"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord." Psalm 27:14