OCI Reports Article 2018-03-06T16:13:11+00:00

Worth the Wait
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Life is a waiting game. We wait to begin kindergarten, wait to finish school, and wait in lines. We wait for the bad news and the good. But does anyone find joy in waiting?

b0a6e793-e36d-4483-871c-f5da73fe7982For such a small office, the OCI staff has racked up innumerable hours waiting at baggage claims around the world since its inception in 1983. Hopefully most of those hours were filled with positive thoughts. But according to a New York Times article, a Houston-based airport grew weary of receiving passenger complaints due to long wait times at baggage claims. Shortening the wait didn’t fully solve the problem. Lengthening the journey from the gate to the baggage claim did. I suppose that’s a modern application of one benefit to wandering in the wilderness—learn to stop murmuring to truly relish in the Promised Land.

Waiting may not be humanity’s favorite pastime, but we have no justifiable reason to whine. God has waited light-years longer than we have. He waits for us to more earnestly seek His face, and we wait for Him to move mountains. He waits for another prodigal son or daughter to return home, and we wait for the Son to take us home. We are worth His wait; He is well worth ours. “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation,” (Psalm 62:5, 6b). So if you, like me, are tempted to grumble while the clock ticks, learn to wait gracefully. Hum a sacred tune instead.

Naomi

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