The Art of Being Patient
A reoccurring gag in sitcoms is what I call the “wait for it” bit.
It goes like this: Something that is expected to occur, doesn’t. With a knowing look, one character confidently states, “Wait for it.” There is a suitable pause, and then it occurs just as predicted—the audience expresses their relief and delight with a predictable laugh.
Modern television, however, is not the first time the “wait for it” tactic was employed. God said it to the prophet Habakkuk a few millennia ago. Yep, God may have been the first one to say, “Wait for it.”
After Habakkuk whines to God about God’s seemingly inaction and lack of response, God tells Habakkuk what he will do, but not when he will do it. God merely says to “wait for it,” as in:
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
God doesn’t reckon time the way we do. Even though he’s got things figured out and his plans will come to pass, sometimes, we just need to “wait for it.”
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