A case in point occurred at the Houston airport where they received many complaints about the wait for baggage claim. They hired more baggage handlers and the delivery times went down, but the complaints didn’t. The solution was to move the gates farther from the baggage claim area. The time it took to deliver the bags was exactly the same, but the complaints stopped because the passengers were walking instead of just standing and waiting. When their time was “occupied” by walking it didn't seem as long.
I found the article interesting because unfortunately the Christian life involves waiting. Psalm 5:3 says to the Lord, “in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and waitfor the Lord.” Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Walking with our Lord will involve waiting, and that’s hard for us. It is especially hard when we have “unoccupied” waiting. And so often that’s the case. There are many things in this world that I pray about while feeling anxious to do something to bring about the very change I request, but find that there’s nothing I can do. Such unoccupied waiting is hard and in our impatience we often take matters into our own hands and run ahead of the Lord. Invariably this only makes matters worse.
To make waiting even more trying, we don’t know how long we will have to wait. God doesn’t give us a timetable for when he will answer our prayer. In the meantime as we fidget and fuss impatiently we tend to look around and see others getting answers more quickly than we. We can feel this is unfair. Is there something wrong with me? Is that why God doesn’t answer? Or is God just not listening to me?
There are going to be many times in life when God puts us in a situation where all we can do is wait for him to act. It can be excruciating. But in such times it is essential that we do what Psalm 37 tells us and wait patiently. As Ecclesiastes says, there is a season for everything. There is a season to act and a season to wait. But oh how those waiting seasons try our patience. Yet our willingness to wait is often a measure of our trust that God will act. So be strong and be still before the Lord. He will act in his good time.