As a people, we are not very patient. Patience is one of the Fruit of the Spirit. We tend to be horn-honking, fast food-eating, express lane-hoppers, microwave-cooking, one hour of power, praying people. A man by the name of Robert Levine invented a word called the "Honko-second. It is described as the time between when a light changes and the person behind you honks his horn; been there done that got a tee-shirt. In fact I have been on both sides of that scenario. Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing we are called to do. But forty-three times in the Old Testament alone we are commanded, "wait on the Lord."
Learning to wait well is a test of maturity. Scott Peck writes: "Delayed gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with,. It is the only decent way to live." Waiting forces us to recognize we are not in control. It humbles us in ways we need to be humbled. And I suspect that is why many of us are financially depleted when it comes to assets. Very few of us in the African-American culture have learned the benefits of delayed gratification. Very few invest in stocks, 401K's, gold, and other financial institutions that force you to drop the money likes its hot and then wait and see how the money yields benefits over the long haul.
We are very skeptical people, and prone to keeping our money within arms reach. That is also why many churches are only a few payments away from foreclosure. I know we don't believe of want to hear that, but minorities do not invest wisely. We don't even invest in our own people. Okay, enough of that. We are talking about patience.
Anyone ever been to the circus? One of my favorite acts is the trapeze performance. For a moment, which must seem or feel like eternity, the trapeze artist is suspended in nothingness. He can't go back, but it's too soon to be grasped by the one who will catch him or her. He must wait in absolute trust. If he or she doesn't, it could kill him or her. You may be in a very vulnerable moment right now, like I am. Sometimes we have let go of what God has called us to let go of, but we can't feel His handcatching us just yet.