The Microwave Generation and the Lost Art of Waiting

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

vintage microwave
Growing up in the 60's and 70's in a small town in the mountains of northern California we didn't have any of the modern-day kitchen conveniences that we have today. My mother made most of our dinners from scratch. The only time we ate TV dinners was when she went out of town for a women's conference and only because my dad, as brilliant and talented as he was, was totally helpless in the kitchen. We couldn't wait for my mother to return so we could eat real food again. Coffee had to be percolated and took time to make. My dad refused to buy a dishwasher because, as he put it, that's why we have children. Leftovers took time to prepare because they had to be heated in the oven. We didn't get a microwave until I was in high school, so to make tea, oatmeal or instant coffee you had to actually boil water on the stove which took time. The only time we ever ate fast food was when we went on a family vacation. We would always choose one of my mom's crock pot meals over a microwaved meal any day. If you have ever had the privilege of eating one of her dinners you will agree with me.

I'm not pining for those days. I love all of the modern-day technology that has transformed life today. A pot of coffee only takes five minutes to brew. I have instant access to every kind of information thanks to Google. I have instant access to food 24 hours a day and don't even have to get out of my car or can have it delivered to my front door. We have to have the latest gadget the minute it comes on the market. Verizon's latest marketing campaign uses the catchphrase, "Upgrade your phone when you want to, not when you're told."

This isn't bad or evil as some are lamenting, but there are pitfalls that we are prone to if we are not careful. One in particular is that we have lost the art of waiting. We have forgotten the true adage that "Good things come to those who wait." If we don't get what we want immediately, we get upset. We won't tolerate having to wait at the drive-through at McDonald's. We don't leave a tip if our waitress is too slow. We get upset when a YouTube video takes 60 seconds to download. What once was the Crock pot Generation has now become the Microwave Generation.
This has invaded our spiritual culture as well. We have lost the art of waiting on the Lord. If God doesn't come through immediately we get discouraged. We want him to put his will for our lives in the microwave rather than let it simmer in the crock pot until it is just right. Our worship services have been condensed to 15 minutes of singing and 20 minutes of teaching because we are scared that people will lose interest. We will pay $10.00 to watch a 2-hour movie, or $75.00 to attend a 2-hour concert by our favorite band yet we get upset if worship goes past 30 minutes or the pastor preaches for 45 minutes. And we wonder why God isn't moving like he used to in the good old days.

In Psalm 130:5-6 David says, "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning." We need to relearn the art of waiting for the Lord like David did. Waiting takes sacrifice and time. It takes determination and patience--things we have lost sight of in our culture. God is not the God of the microwave. He is the God of the crock pot. The deep things of God don't happen instantly or overnight. They happen when we wait. We have to pray through and pray long. We have to seek for it. We have to work hard and invest time and energy into it. God refuses to feed us instant meals because like my mother, he knows they aren't good for us. God is only interested in feeding us that which has lasting, spiritual value and that only comes through time. Waiting is so important that David uses the word four times in these two verses. He is telling us that you have to wait. And when you have waited, you have to wait some more. And then you have to wait some more. And finally, you have to wait a little more. That is when the morning comes and he shows up and we realize it was worth the wait.

Whatever you are believing God for, wait for it. It will come if you will just patiently wait for it. Don't settle for microwave faith. Let him develop real, crock pot faith in you. I guarantee you it is always worth the wait and once you eat from the crock pot you won't ever settle for the microwave again. Make your theme song like the old worship song from Isaiah 40:13 that says, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. Teach me, Lord. Teach me, Lord, to wait."
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