The other day, I had to wait 50 minutes on the phone to get connected and speak with a representative. If somebody tells me to wait, I know I have to equip myself with patience.
The mindset of wanting (and nearly getting) everything “RIGHT NOW” is what the Urban Dictionary calls a “Microwave society”:
“Microwaves cook foods faster, our society wants everything faster. We are a Microwave Society.”
Technology has made gathering or sending information extremely fast and we’ve begun to think that everything in life should be available on demand. No more waiting for a television program – now there’s ‘Television on Demand”, where we decide what to watch and when to watch it. Another coined word is “snail mail” versus “email”. The postal service is struggling because everyone wants their information right now. 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, 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. We have to make that distinction between a need that is met by push of a button versus a need of something that cannot be met momentarily. We know what that “something” is that we find is 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. It’s a good reminder that our lives go through certain seasons. Be aware and appreciate the season you are in, right now. There is a reason for every season.
Getting in touch with the Almighty is as basic a need – similar to stepping outside to take a break. We need to get out of the box. We are born to be free. Don’t get enslaved by your own life. Don’t get rushed by demand. Take the liberty to take a time out. 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)