Isiah 40:30 (KJV) 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
When I was a child I liked to read, and my mom paid for me a membership to the ‘Weekly Readers’ Club. Every week I would receive a book in the mail. One of the habits I had was to peak to the back of the book to read the ending.
My impatience as a youth would cause me to be in a ‘hurry’ to get to the end. When I would read the book it took some of the mystery and beauty of the story because I already went to the end.
In today’s society it seems that we are constantly in a rush to get to where we are going. We like our meals in an instant. We love our fast cars. We want our careers fast tracked. We want our services rushed, and of course our lives to be fast paced. We love the immediate gratification of effort equals outcome, good or bad may be inconsequential as long as there is an outcome.
However, there are some life lessons that we can appreciate from being patient. Patience can teach us to trust in ourselves as well as our faith in God. It is in this trust that we learn that we can not only endure, but overcome. My father once told me ‘Son you don’t know who you are until you’ve overcome adversity!’ It builds your character which strengthens you and causes you to ‘run’ on in life.
When we rush to get to the end or to get things over, we settle for what life has to offer at the moment. When you do that you miss out on the details of life and take out the mystery and beauty of a great story unfolding before your very eyes.
Pastor Mike York, DTH