The Brotherhood – Part 173

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Worth the wait?

That’s an interesting idea in modern times. In a culture where speed of response has become a core value and time is the most precious and evaporating asset, the cost of waiting has escalated. We simply don’t pay that price very often.

Last night, I watched my lifelong baseball team emerge from a three decade drought to win a playoff game. My posture went from stunned silence to raucous celebration (I smiled) again and again. And the miracle of text messaging let me share the moments with my sons who sat watching at their distant locales. It was fun, but was it worth the wait?

For a Christian, the idea of waiting is more common than it may be for others, but that doesn’t mean it’s more comfortably achieved. We speak of “waiting on God” as a core value of spiritual life, but the truth is that many don’t. Waiting on anything, even the Supreme Being that has made us and provided eternal life, is just not what it once was.

But…here’s the thing. God rarely exceeds speed limits. In fact, His actions in our lives seldom move at the pace we would prefer. I’m not really referring to twenty-nine years of waiting for Him to give us a good baseball team. I’m thinking mainly of waiting for direction, healing, and provision–issues that prove a bit bigger than baseball. God’s pace doesn’t match our pace–a reality that often has us waiting.

So, most of us don’t. We launch ahead. We engage our own strategies. We do what we know to do and hope that God will join the game in the eighth inning, ultimately scoring our winning run. We just don’t want to wait because most of the time in life we don’t think we should have to.

But God is worth the wait. When we find the capacity to be still so we can let Him make the first move, the road becomes remarkable. The best of life emerges and we find that peace can exist, when we truly let God lead us. You see, God’s timing is never off. He knows exactly the time to move so that every ounce of the best result can be gained. When we wait, we find a life that exceeds our expectations and even our hopes. But when we run ahead and hope God catches up, we end up with much to overcome on our way to some future victory.

So, the point?

Some things are worth the wait…and God always is!

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