I have been reading from an article this morning about the psychology of waiting. The article makes some points that I believe are true:
- occupied time feels shorter than unoccupied time
- people want to get started
- anxiety makes waits seem longer
- uncertain waits are longer than known, finite waits
- unexplained waits are longer than explained waits
- unfair waits are longer than equitable waits
- solo waits feel longer than group waits
and the one that I really connected with this morning:
- the more valuable the service, the longer the customer will wait
The more valuable the service, the longer the customer will wait. I had to repeat it. I thought about this concept in relation to real-life examples like waiting longer at a nice restaurant. I also thought about it in relation to seasons of waiting in my life. Waiting on the Lord to reveal His plan for my life. Waiting on the Lord to tell me where to go and what to do. It is so interesting to me that this article about how our brains are wired mentions that when there is perceived to be a valuable service, we will wait longer for it. Valuable service...
The Lord promises us many things (services) such as, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you or forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:18), "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28), and one of my favorites, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).
These are ALL extremely valuable "services" that the Lord promises. We do not deserve them. We did nothing to deserve a God who will always be with us and promises to love, protect, and care for us. I believe, however, that the greatest "service" that we could have ever asked for has already been given: Jesus died for us. We didn't even have to wait at ALL for that! He lived a perfect life and then died so that we could go to Heaven. The "extras" that are promised us in the Bible are simply second-mile services that are gifts to us. Why then, is it so hard to wait? Why then, do I get impatient while I'm simply waiting for His direction in my life?
I suppose the article did not say how we would wait for valuable service. We will sometimes wait with bad attitudes or impatient hearts. I definitely fall into this category. We are sinful and we don't have the best attitude when we're waiting. One thing is for sure, however long it takes, I will always wait. The Lord, I know, has the best plans for me. They are worth waiting for. I may not do so with the best attitude or in the most graceful manner, but I'll wait longer for the most valuable services. If he can perform the greatest gift/service I'll ever receive (death on a cross), then I think I can wait on His direction for my life. Who knows better what I need than the One who made me?
Waiting. I think I can wait longer for the value of an infinite God guiding and leading my life.