Psalm 62:1: “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.”

The other day, I had to wait 50 minutes on the phone to get connected and speak with a representative. If someone tells me to wait, I know I have to equip myself with patience.

Technology has made worldwide exchange of information fast and efficient. We get to distant places faster, and we receive the latest news in a blink of an eye. Meanwhile, it’s no surprise that we’ve come to expect everything to be available on demand.

A great example is our “snail mail”. The postal service has to go through quite a bit of processing to get a letter out while emails can be mailed simply via mouse click. Letters are out, emails are in. Actually, emails are no longer in, texting is. If we want immediate attention (in most cases we do), texting is the more common approach. Since people carry their phones with them at all times, chances are, they will open the message sooner. Emails are now the new snail mail.

Sounds a bit pathetic, doesn’t it? Are we aware of how impatient we have become?

Some things, actually a lot of things that matter to us, don’t come on demand. There are special needs that cannot be met in a moment’s notice. We will know what we find worth waiting for.

Obviously, there is no button pushing involved when it comes to engaging with the Almighty. Also with people the success of button pushing is short-lived. We will strain our relationships if we keep it up. Impatience can literally destroy relationships.

Sometimes it’s a good idea to just step out the door and witness some scenery. Nature runs its cycles. Flowers bloom and trees grow fruit in certain seasons, flocks of birds fly in and leave when their time comes. All this is a reminder that our lives are bound to go through different seasons. We need to recognize and appreciate them.

A person pressured and lacking rest will soon become depressed, while a person at rest will certainly be blessed. Getting in touch with the Almighty is a basic need. We’ve got to get out of the box. Victory is one of the many blessings coming our way when we know how to rest. Backing off does not necessarily mean we give up. It can mean we hand things over to God and wait for His input before making a crucial decision.

Dare to stand aside and wait for the Lord. You’ll be surprised.

“Well I think it’s fine, building jumbo planes
Or taking a ride on a cosmic train
Switch on summer from a slot machine
Yes, get what you want to if you want
Cause you can get anything
I know we’ve come a long way
We’re changing day to day
But tell me, where do the children play?” – Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens

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