Readings for 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 5:21-43; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9,13-15; Lamentations 3:22-33
Later this week my family and I are headed for Germany, a country that is known for its punctuality. Germans pride themselves on being on time, all the time. Better not keep them waiting!
Jesus, on the other hand, was known to keep people waiting – and he did so, on at least one occasion, when it would seem that time was of the essence. Only after Jairus’ daughter had died from her illness -when it seemed time had run out- did Jesus respond to her father’s desperate request for help (Mark 5).
Jeremiah says, “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him” (Lam 3). Much as we would like Him to, God doesn’t live by our schedule. All things happen according to His perfect timing, and unlike us, God never runs out of time to accomplish what He intends to do. Just as we need patience with one another, we also need patience with God. Patience is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and something we should pray for often. Patience is just one more way that we exercise our faith in God, that His will is best and His timing is always perfect.