I took the youth group to a True Love Waits rally last night. The rally itself was good. The speaker was hilarious, although I felt some of the humor flew over the teen’s heads. Still, he was very straightforward and someone that could speak from experience about waiting, which always helps. I realized that in our microwave/fast food/instant gratification world, that these kids do not even partially understand the concept of waiting. They don’t understand it because they don’t have to wait for anything. If they need it, they get it. If they can’t find it in the store, they can find it online. If it’s out of stock or no longer manufactured, check ebay.
Now, I realize that being only 10 to 15 years ahead of most of these kids, I can’t really say my generation is that much better. Still, and perhaps it comes more with age than anything, waiting for something that you really want to have can be extremely rewarding. Do you remember the Twix commercial? “The Best Things Come to Those Who Wait” was the tagline. It was cheesy, but so very true.
Thinking about the subject of waiting brought me to the subject of restraint. It wasn’t very long ago that I didn’t completely understand the concept I’m about to share, but I have come to a new place of understanding concerning restraint. I believe that (and I truly believe this) the greatest passion comes from the greatest restraint. Case and point: Jane Eyre. Anyone who has seen the Cirian Hinds/Samantha Morton version of this movie can attest to the fact that their relationship is portrayed as one of the most passionate romances ever seen on television. I believe the reason they share so much passion is because they have a relationship that is, for lack of a better word, proper. Mr. Rochester and Jane had to wait. They had to restrain themselves. He was a gentleman and she was his employee. It would have been improper for them to “put the cart before the horse,” so to speak. Yet because of that restraint, they had a passion that I have not seen portrayed in more modern stories.
So, waiting? Keep waiting. I know it is hard, believe me, I know. I know it is frustrating. I know it is lonely. However, I also know that the reward is greater. How do I know? Faith. I believe the reward is greater, because my heavenly Father promised me that He was able to do “exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I could ever ask, think, or even dare to imagine.” I believe the reward is greater because my Father promised me that if I would delight myself in Him, He would give me the desires of my heart. I believe the reward is greater because my Father promised me that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength . . . . They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” So wait upon the promise! Whatever it is, I promise, as does my heavenly Father, that it is worth the wait!