I was recently asked to send a box of travel documents to a group of people in Canada. I was told specifically to send them UPS. I gathered everything together and took it to be shipped. If I sent it regular it would $28; if I expedited it, it would be $125. Regular would get it there Friday. Expedited would get it there Wednesday. Two days difference for $100. The trip that these documents are for is June 1. To me, it seemed a very costly decision to expedite it. The only reason to expedite it would be just because we don't like to wait.
Now, before we go any further, I am in no way indicting the people waiting for their travel documents, because you know what? I don't like to wait either. I recently ordered some things online. My first shipment came amazingly fast. I was thrilled. So, I ordered from the same company again. Three weeks later I was emailing and calling wondering why I hadn't gotten my package yet. Did I need them that day? No. Have you ever waited over 5 minutes in a drive thru line and grew impatient while waiting? In our instant world of technology and FAST food, we have grown accustomed to having it our way now!
Waiting is not easy. Are you waiting for your income tax return? Are you waiting on the results of lab work or medical tests? Are you waiting to hear about the results of an interview? Waiting is challenging. Even when we know results will come, it is hard to be patient.
But, are you waiting on a prodigal? Are you waiting on a word of encouragement? A raise? An affirmation of your efforts? Are you waiting for a miracle?
Waiting for anything is difficult. Waiting for a particular thing, not knowing if it will ever happen, is even more difficult. To this day, one of my favorite examples of faithful waiting is Triston. I wrote about him over a year ago.
Triston had found a cocoon in the Fall of 2009. He decided to keep it to see if life would spring forth from it. In March, 2010, a moth emerged! Triston had waited at least 5 months to see what would happen. That is a practice in patience for anyone, but for that busy, 3rd grade boy, it was even more so!
That practice in patience made me think about my own life. How do I determine if something is dead or alive? Have I ever thrown something away because it looked dead, while instead it contained real life inside? Have I ever pondered a dream or hoped in a promise, only to give up on it a few weeks or months down the line because I saw no progress? Would I have held on to that cocoon the way Triston did? Would I anxiously await an exciting outcome after months of it laying dormant? Triston chose to believe he could see life born from a dreary, dead-looking cocoon. He waited and watched and waited some more. I need to be more like him. I need to have confidence that something intended to bring forth life, will indeed bring life… all in due time.
Today, I encourage you to hold onto hope. If you need to grab a family member or friend to help you hold on, that is all the better. There IS strength in numbers. We are told that when we have done all we can do to stand, we are to stand. It can be hard to hope against hope and to not become weary in well doing. This month, let's let this Easter season remind us that despite a painful death and the grave, new and abundant life is possible!
Waiting patiently with you,