Have you ever been there?
Have you ever rushed to get to an appointment only to wait a long time?
You might have experienced that with doctors or dentists. I have experienced that with tax appointments. I have had many appointments in which I made sure I was there on time, only for the person never to come. It can happen in so many different ways. In a different sense, and sometimes amusingly, have you ever had a person pass you in their car at a great rate of speed only to catch up to them at the next traffic light? They didn't get any further than you; they just did it in a hurry.
"Hurry Up and Wait" is really painful when we did not expect to wait. When we expected actions to be done immediately, but then nothing happens, that sometimes creates within us even more frustration and frenzy. Waiting rooms are not always peaceful places in hospitals or doctors' offices. Lines in stores are not "happy" places either, especially if you were hoping to rush in , grab one thing and leave. I wonder if anyone ever did a study about whether if the level in the express lines are greater than in the other lines just because you didn't think you would have to wait.
How should we deal with the "Hurry Up And Wait"?
First of all, when deadlines are put on us by other people, especially in authority, we should try our best to meet those deadlines. However, doing our best does not mean we need to have the spirit of rush, which often "runs on the fumes of" negative emotions such as anxiety or frustration. We often get lost in our "rush" and miss out on seeing and hearing something important. For example, sometimes people don't see a traffic light or a stop sign because of their rush, and then an accident results. Or, in our rush we miss out on an important instruction; many students at the end of class at school are probably guilty of this. We need to do our best. Doing our best keeps us fully present in the moment and is not dictated by fear. At times we need to be quick, but we should not rush.
Secondly, be prepared to wait. If you know you are going to the doctor, expect to wait. Be pleasantly surprised if you don't. If we are prepared to wait, and thus have something else to do, the time goes by much more peacefully. I often go places expecting to wait. I may bring reading material, including my Bible. If I didn't bring anything, I may pray or review Scriptures or look around to see to whom I may talk. Sometimes God has someone or something for me to do in that situation. If I know I have a long wait on the phone, I often play Solitaire on my computer. Like a boy scout, be prepared.
Over the last years, God has helped me with the concept of hurrying and waiting. I have learned that I am in an eternal love relationship with God. I will at some point die, but then I will be with God eternally because of what Jesus has accomplished. There is no time frame in eternity. There is no rush. Because I am eternal, I do my best to keep my deadline, because I want to be a person who keeps my word. But, I do not need to have a spirit of rush, because God has everything in control. Also, because I am eternal being, I am learning to be more patient with people and situations. Why get worried and fretful when I have all the time in the world. It doesn't make sense. I am eternal, and what is time in eternity?
So yes, in some situations I try to be quick because of the situation, but I try not to have the fearfulness of rushing involved. After all, what good is it if you hurry up, get frenzied, and wait. I much prefer to live in peace.