Actors who want to do their part well, will try to actually feel what their character is feeling. The prophets had a sense of urgency for telling their message, like a burning within them. They just couldn’t keep inside what they were impelled to say.
Imagine then, the impatience that must have tempted them, as they waited for their prophecy to be fulfilled. Not in their lifetime. This is not only about patience, but faith. Take Abraham. He was not a prophet, but he did have a promise from God to wait for. “He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.” (Romans 4:20-21)
(Just had to get that last part in there, since I read that neat verse this morning.)
I’ve been making a conscious effort lately, to be more patient. Helping me with that, is the fact that my computer (being one model old) has been acting like a donkey (I made that up myself) since the last OS update. (Apparently you can solve it by re-installing your whole computer, but then I’d have to buy a new photoshop!!) *enough brackets already!*
It’s easy these days. Every time I have to wait for my computer, it gives me a chance to look up at the Christmas tree, or outside at God’s beautiful sky, snow-lined trees, etc. Even when I get impatient in traffic–which is a weakness of mine–my mind somehow recalls this “patience” thing, and switches gears.
I know, I know, every year I talk about this “waiting for Christmas” and being patient and peaceful thing. Just in case I miss something! The other day something else came to mind, along these lines. It’s for those who are 25 or so, and have sometimes wondered “When will my life ever get going?!” By which they mean, established in a career, or a life-path. I think there are likely several people saying that.
Do you remember who was 30 before he actually got going on things? Thirty! I wonder if he ever felt like it was never gonna happen? ;)