Why We Can't Wait
A few years ago, a major movement in America had its slogan, battle cry, "Why We Can't Wait!" The present has an endless feel about it. When our children are running wild in our house, it seems impossible to think that they will soon be gone and we will be alone. Remember when you thought you would always be a child in your parents home? Do you remember when it seemed like you would always be in school?
We soon began to realize that the "today's" disappear quite quickly into memories. One season becomes another, and our face suddenly looks older in the mirror. We become the middle and then the older generation at the family reunion. Our parents slip away from us one day and one of life's anchors is gone.
Though life seems long in our quick thoughts, it is but a moment. It dances past us and darts off into our nighttimes. If life is short, it is precious. If life is fragile, it must be handled with care. While we have been reminded quite often to be patient, we should began to understand that there are some things for which we cannot wait.
We cannot wait to mend an argument. What if the harsh words were our last ones?
We cannot wait to hug a child. He will soon grow out of his need for our hugs.
We cannot wait to treat our parents well. Someday soon they will be beyond our touch.
We cannot wait to help a friend. When someone needs our help, they need it now, not when it is more convenient for us.
We cannot wait to shed our weakness, tomorrow it will be a habit, and the next day a part of our character.
We cannot wait to find joy. Joy is an attitude, not a future event.
Our days are like clouds adrift on a summer sky. We know their grace one small hour, and then they are gone beyond our reach and comprehension. Let us live them well while they are still with us. That is why we cannot wait.
Pastor Hans Lillejord