Friday, March 30, 2012

The Waiting Game

Nobody likes to wait - the sooner the better! What is it about waiting that causes so many people so much stress? We call for an appointment and we are told that we have to wait two weeks - unreasonable we think. Why can't I get it done now? If you are sick and need to see a doctor that would be justified - but, if you are talking about something else like dining out or making an appointment to see your barber or hairdresser that should not be a problem. What about waiting in line to make a purchase - to some people standing in a two person line is too much. I realize that some merchants tantalize us with forty check out lanes and only two are open - but still waiting a few minutes should not be that critical - should it?
When we were little babies our parents took us to church and had us baptized. We were officially received into the church and since we were unable to speak for ourselves - our parents spoke for us. "What do you ask of God's church for this child?" "Do you clearly understand the commitment that you are making?" And our parents answered "Yes!" to each question. It was very similar to the time when Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple for the redemption of the firstborn, in obedience to the Law of Moses.  Jesus could not speak for himself so Mary and Joseph did it for Him. Now that we are older and grown adults - the church expects us to speak for ourselves in the way that we live our lives and practice our faith. This faith that you received was the faith of your parents but now it has become your faith - your faith to understand - your faith to practice - your faith to live. If you are not doing this then Jesus asks - what are you waiting for?

Deacon Dale