Now that I’m working outside of the home, we have a shower rotation. We agreed I’d knock mine out first, and I use the slack time for a chore or two. Sometimes, though, I feel abused: though I leave the latest, I have to get up earliest! It’s the classic “hurry up and wait.” If my fleshly pride is rearing its ugly head, I pro actively refuse to do chores during those 20 minutes. Instead of melodious praise, my gray matter entertains mortal scenarios: “Nobody even noticed I cleaned the garage after work.” … “Is everyone allergic to the dishwasher?”
Thankfully, that’s not the norm; God gives me grace, and I redeem that “hurry up and wait.” It’s surprising how much can get done in 20 minutes.
This classic idiom came from the military; soldiers are rushed through strings of tasks, only to stand in a line somewhere. And it’s also common with air travel: arrive two hours early, depart two hours late.
You’re hurrying up and waiting right now—for some point to all this. Chill; I have one. (Not to downplay the enigma: seriously, IS everyone allergic to the dishwasher?”)
Okay, my point: We are called to hurry up—“Go, therefore, and make disciples.” But by the same token, we are clearly instructed to wait—keeping our lamps ready. The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
So we hurry up and wait.
—Simultaneously.— That’s right. Both. 24/7. While we wait for God, there is so-o-o-o much to do!
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
Heaven must receive Christ until the period of restoration of all things. So we wait and hurry up.
How about you? How do you spend your waiting time? Procrastinating work? Grousing at others? Ignoring the ignorant? Defending yourself? These are not exactly redeeming activities; nothing gets accomplished for God’s glory.
We are God’s hands and feet on earth. Let us hurry up while we wait. How about now? It’s surprising how much can get done in 20 minutes.