DayBreaks for 4/05/16 – The Dirtiest Four-Letter Word?
Acts 1:4 (ESV) – And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father…
If you are like me, there are words you hear that just make your teeth grate against one another. Perhaps it is the word itself, sometimes maybe just the tone of voice or the attitude of the one speaking, but they are not life-giving words.
We have words in our English language that we call “dirty” words, but nowadays it seems that fewer and fewer consider them dirty and use them even in public.
But those are not the words I’m thinking of. On Sunday, the pastor said that he thinks one of the dirtiest words in the English language is this one: wait.
Think about it. When you are little, you are told that you have to wait to get ice cream. You are told you have to wait until you are older to drive a car, to go on a date. When a nervous young man gets down on his knees and proposes, he has to wait for an answer (and maybe she has been waiting to hear the words for a long time!) And maybe the answer to his question will be “Wait.” Then you take your college entrance exams, or your medical boards or some other test and you want to know if you’ve passed, but the answer is that you have to wait to find out. You go to the doctor and have a test run and you want to know if it is benign or malignant…and you are told you must wait.
Waiting isn’t easy. It’s not part of our culture any more.
Yet long ago in the vicinity of Jerusalem as Jesus was giving his disciples his final earthly directions before ascending to the Father, he told them that they had to go to Jerusalem and…wait.
Maybe you’ve been praying for a friend of family member to come to Christ. And then you have to wait…and wait…and wait, wondering if they will ever come to be a disciple of Jesus.
Maybe you are wrestling with a boss who plays favorites and who seems to delight in torturing you. You’ve asked God what you should do, and He said, “Wait.” And you don’t get it. It makes you angry and frustrated. And maybe, just maybe, God is trying to teach you to get over being frustrated when things don’t go your way when you want them to….so maybe the waiting is part of the cure.
We don’t like cures. They are often distasteful and painful. But they are necessary. Healing and recovery take time. And so we must wait.
We must even wait for the deepest longing of our soul – to be at home with our Maker.
I’ve found that most things that you have to wait for are worth it. Things that come quick and easy are disappointing in the long run.
Wait. It may be a dirty word…but it is a good one that we all need to get comfortable with.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Curb my impatience, Lord, and my frustration with you when I have to wait! Teach me to truly believe that your timing is perfect, always. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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