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Waiting in a Fast-Paced World

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

"The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)

In today's hyperactive, fast-paced world, patience seems like a forgotten virtue. The rhythm of modern life is a relentless march, focusing on the immediate, the moment, leaving little room for the art of waiting. We're conditioned to expect instant gratification, be it in communication, food delivery, or even the pursuit of our dreams.


Yet, the season of Advent calls for us to reconsider the value of waiting. It's a time when we light candles in anticipation, marking each week with hope, peace, joy, and love. In a way, it's an intentional pause—a reminder that some of life's most profound moments unfold in the gaps between our hurried steps.


The digital age has accustomed us to speed, but waiting, in its essence, isn't merely about the passage of time. It's about what we do during that wait. As mentioned elsewhere in this series of devotional pieces, waiting isn't idleness; it's a period for reflection, growth, and preparation.


Advent teaches us the beauty of waiting for something greater. Just as the world waited for the arrival of the Messiah, we too can find solace in the anticipation of our own personal transformations and the fulfilment of our aspirations. It's a season that encourages us to embrace stillness, to cultivate resilience, and to foster a deeper understanding of our desires and goals.


Waiting allows us to appreciate the journey as much as the destination, fostering gratitude for the small moments that often go unnoticed in the rush. Stopping to smell the flowers along the way, or to observe the cattle in the paddocks as we pass by.


Moreover, in the act of waiting, there is an opportunity for connection. Sharing the experience of waiting with others fosters empathy and strengthens relationships. Whether it's waiting in line, waiting for a response, or waiting for an opportunity, these moments can become bridges that connect us to our fellow travellers in this journey of life and faith.


So, as the world continues its hurried sprint, let us embrace the lessons of Advent. Let's cherish the art of waiting, not as a delay, but as an integral part of our growth—a chance to savour life's nuances and build connections that transcend the speed of the modern world.


Inhale…hold…exhale…


Points to Ponder

· How does the pace of modern life impact you relationship with waiting? Do you see waiting as a passive delay or as an opportunity for growth and reflection?

· In what ways can embracing moments of anticipation enrich your daily experiences and relationships? How can you incorporate intentional waiting into your life to cultivate deeper connections and personal development?


Prayer


In a world of haste, Lord help me slow down,

In a world of harry and hurry, pause;

Help me be strong, steadfast and grounded,

Always living for your purpose, your cause.


Amen

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