I'll be honest right off the top, I hate waiting. I am not a person of great patience in many situations. When my wife says to me, "Please come to Hobby Lobby (or Joann, or Michael's, or really any store) to me you do not need to know my words, just the look on my face betrays what I am truly thinking. I know that saying yes means a few hours of standing there, pretending to be interested in all the craft things and saying good things like, "Yes, I think that one is much frillier". Sometimes I'll say yes and go, other times I'll just say no, and often she'll just look at my face and say, "Never mind, I'll just go by myself.
It's even worse when it comes to driving for me. I cannot stand to wait, but I'm not the only one. Is there a traffic jam up ahead on the interstate? I'd rather get off and drive back roads and add an hour to my trip than creep along for 20 minutes until we are back up to speed. I'd rather be moving than sitting on the road.
In Acts Chapter 1 verse 4 we read "He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to WAIT for the Promise of the Father..."
Jesus has been resurrected. He has appeared to the disciples. He has called them away from fishing one last time. Now they are together and they are ready to do whatever Jesus tells them to do, and the first thing that he says to them is WAIT!. Peter had to have been going, "Are you kidding me?" You expect us to just sit here and wait.
The truth is, however, that sometimes God just wants us to wait. He wants to give us what we need for the journey. he wants to prepare us. He wants to empower us. I've been waiting for a long time for God to show me some direction in life and ministry, and I realized a little while ago that what he is saying to me is, "Wait. I have you right where I want you right now, and I know the plans that will unfold in the future."
May God always grant us the patience t be where He wants us to be and trust His plan.
Acts 1:4-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”