Everything today is moving at a rapid pace. In the West we value our time and this has created an instant, must have it now mind set. Anything we desire must be done with great speed because we have other things to accomplish. We do not like to wait, not even at yellow lights! Our lives are constant motion and we never seem to slow down long enough to seek direction. We just keep moving never considering that we might be headed in the wrong direction. We are so accustomed to “instant” that we refuse to wait for anything. Whether it is fast food, an oil change, or personal gratification, the “we want it now” philosophy rules our culture. I must admit that I have been caught up in this too. I do not like to wait in lines for food or service and I often pray that the Lord would give me patience right now.
The problem with growing up in an instant culture is that we refuse to wait for anything, even spiritual things. We want to be disciples, we want to grow in our faith but we do not want to spend time getting there. We want it now. Puff… Instant discipleship! I want to submit to you that being a disciple of Jesus is worth your time and your commitment.
We must remember that the journey is as important as the destination.
In other words, how we get there is equally important to getting there. If I am in a line at the grocery store I could choose to look around and see opportunities to encourage someone, smile and be a witness. When I am stuck in traffic, I could choose to spend the extra time praying for that lost friend or for my church. When I am waiting in the doctor’s office, I could choose to pull out a memory verse and meditate on God’s Word.
Could it be that what I usually consider interruptions to my busy, important schedule are “divine time slots” that the Lord has given me to slow down, focus on Him, and pray? How do you view interruptions or waiting times? Remember that we are interested in “time” but God is interesting in “timing.” He always knows what is best for His kids and His timing is perfect.
Ephesians 5:15-16 reads, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” The MESSAGE translation reads, “So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!”
As a disciple use all of your time, even time when you are waiting, for the glory of God for these are desperate times! May the Lord fill your day with divine interruptions for His Glory.