Today while I was driving, the Walmart “pickup” grocery sign caught my eye. As I nearly swerved off the highway due to my distraction, it all hit me. We live in a world where we don’t have to wait for anything. Everything can be figured out with the click of a button. We can order coffee through an app and not have to wait in line to pick it up. We can order our groceries, yes our groceries for crying out loud, online and have them delivered into our cars without even having to open our doors. We’ve forgotten what 5-7 day shipping looks like because just about everything can be over-nighted.
Nothing seems to require patience anymore- which is a characteristic that is essential in a relationship with Christ. Not only that, but a fruit of the spirit as well. So, why do we get so distraught when we hit a tiny roadbump that requires patience? Immediate gratification is the answer. As a society, we’ve steered away from having to rely on God for patience because we’ve been given access to everything at our fingertips. Having such access comes with many challenges such as putting ourselves in control of day-to-day situations. With the ability to have everything at hand, we tend to have the mindset that we are in control rather than God. Trying to control everything ourselves leads to fear, which leads to anxiety, which leads to the inability to be patient and rely on God for strength.
Only when we realize that we are absolutely not in control of anything will we be able to experience the day-by-day release from stress that God intended in the beginning.
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22