Our sweet two year old granddaughter, Esther, coined a new word. It’s now part of my vocabulary. When she doesn’t want to wait for something, she will say ToNow. She doesn’t want to wait for ToNight or ToMorrow, she wants it ToNow!! Her innocent childlikeness makes me smile. I can so relate. If we are honest, don’t we want everything ToNow?
Technology is such that ToNow is becoming more expected in this world we live in. With voice command on Echo you can tell Alexa what song to play and how loud to play it. Drones can deliver meals or packages to our doorsteps. Robots are beginning to take the place of baristas, making our expressos and lattes faster than ever before.
Waiting is a part of life but can feel like a waste of time. We wait in grocery lines, post office lines, stop lights, lines for our expressos and lattes. Without a Disneyland fast pass, you may wait an hour or two to go on a ride that lasts a few minutes.
Some waiting is exciting and hopeful: anticipating a baby or a grandchild to be born, a vacation you’ve been planning, to get together with family you love, or waiting for winter to be over and spring to arrive.
Waiting can be stressful and not always pleasant. Like lingering in a waiting room at a doctor’s office, a surgery waiting room, or waiting for another procedure in the dreaded dental chair.
Some situations you are waiting in may be life altering: Awaiting results from a pregnancy test, a loved ones cancer diagnosis or a job interview.
I used to hate to wait! Like Esther, I’m a ToNow kind of girl. God is teaching me to be more patient. I’m learning to listen to His Spirit while waiting. I’m learning to be present in that moment, not wishing or waiting for it to be over. I am learning to rest in God’s waiting room.
Are you praying about something that you want God’s answer ToNow? Be confident, God loves you. He is sovereign and knows the reason for making you wait to answer your prayer. What will you do while waiting? Look to Jesus and be encouraged. Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:22 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness, I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him’.”
James 5:7 “Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”