Hurry Up or Wait?

Everywhere we turn today we can see evidence of our “hurry up and wait” society. We get in our cars and race along the freeway only to slow down to a crawl in “rush hour” traffic. We go to the grocery store and race through the aisles gathering our items only to wait in line to pay. Young children are in a hurry to grow up. Time can’t pass quickly enough for them. We dream our dreams and become impatient when those dreams aren’t fulfilled on our dream timeline.

We are not a patient society. We race through traffic lights so we don’t have to sit thru a red light. We become impatient when the person in line in front of us seems to take forever to complete their transaction or pay for their goods. We become frustrated when we wait for medical test results or when the security line at the airport slows down to a crawl. There are many examples of our lack of patience in our “hurry up” world.

Sometimes we even become frustrated with God when He doesn’t seem to be responding to us on our time schedule. Often God will ask us to sit patiently in His Waiting Room while He orders the events of our lives (Romans 8:28). Many times we are too impatient to wait and try to force things to happen in our way, in our own time.

Even our friends in the Bible had to wait on God. David, as a young man, was anointed to be King of Israel by Samuel; however, it was not until many years later that he would be appointed King of Israel. Young Joseph also waited years to know God’s purpose for his separation from his father and his brothers. God used the negative events in Joseph’s live and his faith to bring him to a place and a time where Joseph would be able to feed his father and his brothers, who had betrayed him, saving them from famine. 

God will work the pieces of our lives in His time if we will only wait on Him. The next time God asks you to wait in His Waiting Room, wait patiently and know that He is answering your prayers and molding your life in His perfect timing.


Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31


Lord, we thank you for the time in your Waiting Room and ask your forgiveness for our impatience. Give us your peace when we are asked to wait on you to work in our lives.

 In Jesus’ Name


Written by ©Marilyn Hoeth, 1/14/07

©Marilyn Hoeth, posted in faithfulnibbles in WordPress, 4/12/2012.  If you desire to reblog or copy, please feel free to do so, however, please include my copywrite symbol, name, date. Thank you.


3 thoughts on “Hurry Up or Wait?

  1. Wonderful thoughts, Marilyn! Thank you!! Ted and I called it a ‘microwave society’. It’s so true…and the funny thing is that the easier things are with new technology advancements and all, the more in a hurry people are. 🙂 I just want to shout out sometimes, “SLOW DOWN! You don’t KNOW what you’re missing!” 🙂

    I hope you have an incredibly blessed day. Thank you for being such a blessing to me!


    • Anne,

      We are blessing each other. I praise our Lord that he has crossed our paths. 🙂

      I had a long, busy day, but filled with blessings. He is always good. 🙂

      Hope that you have had a blessed day as well.


      • That’s how my day before yesterday was. I even felt good enough to take a little walk to a nearby store that afternoon. Yesterday I took kind of a turn for the worse again with this cough/sickness. I actually went to sleep kind of early last night. I’m still blessed and thankful though…amazed at all the things God’s doing around me.

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