A Willingness to Wait

The man hurried to get to the river in time to catch the ferry that took people across the river. When he rounded the last bend he caught sight of the ferry. I’m too late, he thought, because the ferry was about six feet from the dock. Then he realized that he could jump the distance, so he ran as fast as he could. At the edge of the dock he pushed himself into the air with all his might. He landed hard on the deck of the ferry, greatly relieved. Someone on the ferry said to him, “Great jump! You made it! But you could have just waited.  In a few minutes we’ll be pulling into the dock.”

Being in a hurry isn’t a good idea. “Haste makes waste” is a familiar phrase that’s proven true time and again by many of us who are impatient. A lot of things just take some time.

My study of the life of Jesus tells me that Jesus was never in a hurry. He modeled the unhurried life.

While thinking on this subject I glanced at a newspaper on my desk and saw an ad with the big headline, “A Golden Opportunity Is Waiting . . .” The ad then described what the golden opportunity was. I realized that you could read that headline two ways:

“A Golden Opportunity Is Waiting . . .

or

“A Golden Opportunity Is . . . Waiting

The ad was communicating the first, that a great opportunity was awaiting the read. But waiting itself can be the golden opportunity that God wants to use to unfold His good with us and around us! The unhurried life means being willing to live according to God’s timing. The familiar phrase “Take your time” is better re-phrased “Take God’s time!”

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

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