“GOD takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.” Isaiah 30:18
I’m waiting in the Nashville International Airport for a flight to Des Moines. My friend had to move on, so I encouraged him to just let me wait in the airport. “I have plenty of writing to do, and the people-watching in the airport is the best anywhere. There’s a young man playing a guitar and singing easy-listening music—a bonus of being in Nashville to wait the six hours until I leave.
Waiting never used to be my strong suit, but when I retired, I declared I would never be impatient when needing to wait. What’s my hurry? I see people in the grocery store lines at the cash register tapping their feet, sighing, rolling their eyes—as if any of this makes any difference to the time it takes to move through the line. A few times I’ve given up my place in line to someone who looks miserable waiting, hoping patience would rub off on him or her.
Recently, I told a friend, “What did you accomplish by getting frustrated with waiting? Didn’t everything turn out okay anyway?” When we wait, we gain endurance for things we have little control over. We are reminded in Isaiah 30 that God takes whatever amount of time he needs to do things right. No shortcuts just to get to the goal.
Thank you, Lord, for the late-in-life gift of patience. Amen.