When Are We Going To Get There?

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.

James 5:7-9

Have you ever . . . taken a loooong trip with your child and endured the question, "When are we going to get there?"  

Over and over he asks until you think you are going to go crazy.  I've often thought that if I had a nickel for every time my children asked me this question, I would be able to pay for my next vacation!  It is truly one of the great tests of a parent's patience to listen to this question time and time again.  

And it is so difficult because of the difference in concept of time.  

As parents, we are able to comprehend the length of the journey so we are able to have patience until our arrival.  But children don't conceptualize the length of time.  They don't know the difference between a minute, an hour, or four hours, so the trip seems to go on and on forever without an end in sight.  

That is how it is with God too.  His conception of time is so different from ours.  

As as result, I often find myself guilty of asking God the same question our kids ask us.  "When are we going to get there?"   

When will I stop doing that thing that I hate that I am doing?  When will I find something to do that I love and gives me purpose?  When will this trouble stop?  When is this illness going to end?  When will I be able to get along with them?    

To me, it seems like the journey is taking forever as I plod along daily with the uncertainty of when I will finally arrive - arrive at the point I know God has desired for me.  

But often road trips are like this.  Sometimes the journey moves along quite quickly.  The scenery is beautiful, circumstances are good, it is fun, fascinating and we are well contented along the route.  But all of a sudden, we hit a bump in the road or the traffic comes to a standstill.  Things become boring, hot and wearisome.  Just like our kids, we don't feel like we can go on another mile without going crazy.  Now the trip becomes drudgery and we can't wait to get off the road.

It is at this point where this Scripture comes in handy for us.  When we are ready to jump ship, when we don't think we can endure the journey another minute, we must think about what we say as parents to our kids in the car.  "We will get there when we get there!"  

Just like our children, we have the option to find a way to continue on in patience or we can choose to grumble and be miserable.  Either way, we still have to stay on the journey until we reach our final destination.  

God doesn't  want our delays to produce despair in our hearts.  He doesn't want us to give up before we arrive at the place He has destined for us.  So what will our choice be?  

I know that for me, even if the journey seems long, I will wait patiently to arrive at the wonderful place God has in store for me.  I  am able to do this because I trust that He watches over me, that His ways are different from ours, His timing and perspective too.  I am able to do this because He calls us to be patient and stand firm because His coming is near.

I pray for patience for you today if you are in a "waiting pattern" and if you would like a "Picture Prayer" to meditate upon for patience and anticipation, click here.


© margaret young