READ : Psalm 37:1-7
I remember that sometime during my teenage years a new kind of camera was introduced. What was unique was that it produced a fully developed picture in 60 seconds. No longer would people have to wait until they finished their roll of film and then wait till the film came back from the developers. When you clicked the shutter, you knew that in one minute you would be able to see your photograph. It was the beginning of the “Instant Age.” A host of other items emphasizing speed followed. We eat at fast food restaurants, use microwave ovens, and fax our letters all to save time.
All these things have contributed to making us expect that everything ought to be done fast. Speed has become the norm by which we measure whether something is good or not. It also tends to make usimpatient. We dislike it when we must wait. When something is slow it not only frustrates us; it bores us.
However, as we all know, there are some things in life that cannot be rushed. Some things just take time. Physical healing after surgery takes time. Learning to play a musical instrument takes time. Growing a strong personal faith takes time. Fortunately, God can help us with these things that do not go fast by making us patient when we “rest in the Lord.”
Lord, I’m often so much in a hurry. Please slow me down and make me patient. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.