James 5:7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also must be patient.
We live in a go-go world. And, if there’s one thing most people hate, it’s waiting. We tend to want everything NOW!
That said, I think I’m getting a bit better in this area. I still get impatient from time to time, but I find I’m not quite as stressed out as I used to be when having to wait for things. Today, rather than assume I need everything – NOW – I’ve begun to ask myself, “What’s the rush?”
I’m quite certain part of this has to do with getting older. When I was a younger man I tended to be impatient with things today because I was always pursuing “something better” tomorrow. Something better was always over the next hill, or so I thought, so I wanted to get there.
But chasing after tomorrow has meant I often missed the blessing of “today”.
The other day I was having dinner with my wife Jana, just the two of us because our kids are all doing their own thing. These days, dinners tend to be that way – just me and my wife. I noticed a small picture in a frame near the dining table. It’s a picture of me and Jana holding our oldest child Victoria at her baptism service some 22 years ago. She was our only child at the time. Jana and I look like kids in the picture. 🙂 And I wonder, where did the time go? It has gone by so fast.
Today, rather than always wanting things to hurry up, I more often want things to slow down. Today is precious. And, to be frank, tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. As a favorite blues artist Bonnie Raitt once wrote, “Life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste…”
Heavenly Father, the life we have as a gift from you is precious. It comes and goes so quickly. Give us grace to savor today for the gift that it is because, soon enough, there will be no more tomorrows. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.