People in our society today demand instant gratification. I know my kids certainly expect what they want when they want it. We belong to a world where information is at our fingertips on the internet. We don’t even need to have a computer anymore; all we need is our smartphone. My husband says that Google is the ultimate conversation ender, and I tend to agree.
I admit that I, too, have become someone who expects instant results and dislikes waiting. When I have an appointment, I don’t want to be kept waiting for more than a few minutes. If someone calls me and asks me to go somewhere, I certainly do not expect to be kept waiting. Although I always take a book with me, I become annoyed when I have to wait more than 10 or 15 minutes. I can’t even imagine having to wait “forty days and forty nights”!
Perhaps we need to take time out, slow down and put away our technology. Enjoy and appreciate what is before us and learn from the patience of Moses.
God of patience, help us to slow our minds, open our ears and our hearts. Help us to find patience in a world that is speeding by. Amen. — GB