Wait For It
Recently I was reading an interview Christianity Today posted with Kari Jobe on worship leading and one of the comments she made had quite an impact on me. She was asked how our American culture effects our worship, to which she replied, “In America it's so easy to get what you need when you need it, and that translates over to our relationship with the Lord.” To take this a little bit further, I began to wonder if our American culture impacts our relationship with God even more than we sometimes realize. As many of us experience on a daily basis, in America, we get what we want, how we want it, when we want it. If it’s not cooked to par, steamed to perfection, or fitting the way we want, “fixing” it all is a receipt, comment, or exchange away.
I wonder how often we let this effect the relationship we have with Jesus Christ. We pray for something we want to happen a certain way, at a certain time, for a certain purpose. However, many times God doesn’t act like a fast food restaurant. He doesn’t only give us what we want when we want it, and exchange are circumstances the minute we decide we don’t want them anymore.
Imagine if every time one of us had a bad day God gave us a new day, fresh to order. Sit back and think about the lack of character, depth, and purpose we would have!
On another note, what about the prayers we pray that are more purposeful? The ones we really mean from the depths of our heart and literally pray to God to answer them? Do we expect the answer delivered to us immediately? Like we expect our fries, our burgers, and our lattes delivered?
Sometimes we have to wait for it.
And unlike Starbucks, who's baristas will give us a free drink card next time if we have to wait five minutes for this drink, God doesn’t jump to answer our personal schedule. Do we even have a personal schedule? Everything is God’s.
Time, purpose, people, ambition.
In the end, maybe instead of expecting God to jump into our time zone and getting irritated or even angry when He “takes too long,” we should rather reverse the tables. Why don’t we take a few extra moments in our prayers to sit and listen for God? Actually listen.
By this I mean sitting quietly and not checking Facebook, reading texts, or surfing the internet. By listening for God I mean we close that bedroom door or turn off the radio in the car and train our thoughts to function as spiritual ears.
If Jesus had time during His earthly ministry, despite the business, exhaustion, and the crowds, to go up to a quiet mountain to speak with His Father we should do no less. Yes, the business, exhaustion, and the crowds will more than likely almost always be present, but Jesus set the example while going through these very three stages of life.
As far from culture as it may seem, it is worth considering the option that pursuing our relationship with Jesus like we pursue almost everything else is contrary to what this sacred relationship should look like. Spending time with Jesus is not a race, it is a winding journey where no turn is a detour.