Words by Emily Cook
Today, everything is about distraction and immediacy. We can catch up with
old friends without ever speaking to them,
and we can express our emotions in emojis
and gifs. We spend hours scrolling, blankly
watching the world without really taking
part in it. If something isn’t over in less
than two minutes, it better have a really
cute cat in it. “Patience” is a word that
doesn’t seem to exist anymore.
How does this worldview, of immediacy
and distraction, fit into God’s way of doing
During Easter, people remember the death
of Jesus, and His resurrection three days
later. Count them: one, two, three days. If
that happened today – the Internet would
have forgotten about this “Jesus” character
by the time the sun rose Sunday!
Imagine for a second being the disciples
left behind. Scripture makes it clear the
disciples didn’t really understand what
Jesus meant when He said He was coming
back. So, it would be fair to assume they
freaked out a little when he actually died.
Jesus was buried, using expensive perfumes
no less, and to go further, when Jesus
appeared to the women
at His tomb and they
returned to tell the other
disciples, Luke says they
didn’t believe them,
“because their words
seemed to them like
nonsense” (Luke 24: 11).
Clearly they did not think
Jesus was going to wake
up! Even back then – with
Jesus so recently with
them – the disciples didn’t
have patience. Just like
It’s a great example
of how God works
differently from the way we do. The
beautiful thing about the resurrection
story is God fulfilled His promise – Jesus
returned from the grave, bringing with Him
the hope we now all hold onto.
“…and since we have a great priest over
the house of God, let us draw near to God
with a sincere heart and with the full
assurance that faith brings, having our
hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty
conscience and having our bodies washed
with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly
to the hope we profess, for he who promised
is faithful” (Hebrews 10: 21-23).
It’s easy to feel God doesn’t answer prayers,
or is unfaithful, in a world where we expect
to be gratified by the click of a button. But
patience means trust, and trust
means having faith – faith in a
God who fulfills promises.
Jesus could have easily risen from
the grave right after entering it –
He’s that powerful – but He didn’t.
Instead He waited three days.
Maybe the purpose in the waiting
is to increase faith – or at the very
least, to test it.
It’s time our generation learned
some patience, and learned to
believe in waiting for the good
things of God – in His timing.
Advice to youth/young adults? Take the time to figure
out who you are, and when you do, embrace it and
surround yourself with people who accept you for your
thing about the
is God fulfilled
bringing with Him
the hope we now
all hold onto.