Our days are filled with many things we want to get done. And it’s frustrating when the flow of our day is disrupted due to the demands and necessary interactions with others. But love reminds us to wait on one another all the same.
To be sure, love is patient and kind. And sometimes this means we must delay what we want to bring good to others.
For instance, as much as we might want to be on time to our given destination, it’s generally best to still wait on each other – showing up late together rather than on time and divided. Waiting reminds us to care for the weightier matters of our relationship and connection rather than simply our desire to keep a timely schedule.
Or perhaps we’re ready for a decision to be made but others need more time to consider. Waiting shows our respect and care – valuing their need to think through the issues without rushing them to be on our timeline.
It might also be the case that we have to wait on our turn at the store, wait for a friend’s schedule to clear up, or wait on a love one to grow in understanding. Whatever it looks like, there are many moments in which we cannot simply push ahead with our agenda and we must wait on one another.
Of course, there are times in which the show must go on and we no longer have the luxury of waiting. But more often than not our frustrations are due to our own impatience.
Rushing ahead might be efficient, but it comes with a high relational cost. And it’s a failure to love as it communicates our time and agenda is more important than the heart of the other.
Be diligent in accomplishing all the tasks before you. And learn to wait on one another as well. This is an act of love that reminds us of the more important things.