That’s almost what technology will allow for today.
When my college student finds that the budget is not going as planned and asks for an advance toward the next month, she will text me knowing that I will want the justification. If it’s reasonable, she gets her way.
No matter where I am, (within reason) and no matter the time, I can open my bank’s app on my phone and transfer money within minutes. Done! Then, I text her back that the money is available and she goes on with life as usual.
This happened yesterday. This is not the first time that I just stood there staring at my phone thinking, “It was never this easy when I was in college.”
I needed to actually CALL my mom on the phone, hope she was home or not on the phone… remember that annoying busy signal?
Then when my mom agreed to send me money, she would write a check, put it in a stamped envelope and mail it to me.
It was at least 3 to 4 days before I saw the check that I then, would have to take to the bank personally, wait in line for a teller, endorse the back of the check and deposit.
If I wanted any of the money as cash… better flash an ID.
So as I stare at my phone in complete wonder as to how we came this far, I need to move past my momentary, “she’s got it easier.”
Then I realize that maybe, I did… have it better.
Without all the “instant” this, and “no wait” for that, we don’t learn the true depth of patience and sometimes perseverance.
Have you ever asked for something that you DIDN’T get right away?
Something you had to “save up” for to buy. There’s an old concept!
I remember being about 16 and there was this particular pair of shoes I wanted that was above the budget my mom was willing to pay. She told me that I had to save to pay for half of them.
Several weeks passed before I could pay my part. When I got home with the shoes, I took them out of the box and held them, admiring them from every angle.
I couldn’t wait to wear them. And then they got their first scuff… I fretted over it.
There were many other, larger items I’ve saved for and purchased over the years that hold the same type of value. They can’t be downloaded from an app on my phone and weren’t bought with “instant credit.”
They had value because I worked and waited.
That is often what God wants of our lives. Value.
Prayer isn’t always a quick fix, although I have seen some of my prayers answered quickly and miraculously.
I believe God wants us to understand the necessity of waiting.
I don’t think that He prolongs answers, but really, think of all the lives he is orchestrating… all the prayers He uses weave us closer together.
Often the answer to a long prayer has brought me to a new friend, a journey that has great memories, or a sense of satisfaction that He knows what is best for me.
Not all my prayers are answered. Not in the way I may choose.
But I know that my God hears me and I know that He chooses the best for me.
Countless times in the Psalms, we find the prayers of David. One such prayer is…
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry fro help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Let us put down the phone, and kneel at His throne.
Let us open our hearts to Him, our Father.
Let us WAIT in EXPECTATION for God today.
Let us find our value in Him.