From a Creighton Student's Perspective
June 3, 2011
Freshman, Finance and Business Management Double Major,
I am not a patient person; anyone who knows me well can attest to that. I wasn’t struck by this phrase until after I had read through these readings a painful 3 times. As I rolled my eyes and decided to go over the passages one more time, hoping to find something to reflect on, I suddenly became aware of the contrast between my attitude and that of Paul. While I was about to leave my computer after 7 minutes because I wasn’t having any success with my task, “he remained for quite some time” with a people who had tried to have him put to death. Wow. That takes faith. But more strikingly, it takes patience.
How many times a day do we give up on a task because it is too difficult, or because it is taking too long? How often do we become frustrated when we aren’t achieving the results we want? How often do we petition God to speed up his plan a bit, to let us see the rewards of faithfully following him now, rather than later?
Our society, as a whole, is not patient. We have cell phones with which we can instantly access anyone, we have entertainment at the touch of a button, we can travel halfway around the world in a day. Many of us wish God would work hastily too.
But he doesn’t. And he never will. Our Father has his own timeframe, which humans (no matter how hard we try) can never influence. God dances to the beat of his own drum. And he invites us all to join in.
The lack of results we sometimes see from prayer can be frustrating, the painfully slow progress we make in our relationships with others can seem unbearable, and the knowledge that if we could instantly affect others’ hearts each person would personally know God can make us wonder why he refuses to work at our pace. And yet, when we wait patiently for God’s timing, the results are beautiful; more magnificent than anything that could be accomplished by humans.
Let us always remember that, though God can sometimes seem like a slow learner, he is the teacher, the master, and we are called to simply follow his lead, not to set the pace. And hopefully, with this acknowledgement, we will each be filled with peace, as we follow the Lord of the Dance.
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