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Will This Take Very Long?

The old saying, “He who hesitates is lost” has never been truer than in this 21st century. In an age of rapid transit, instant communication, and “fast food” restaurants (where the word “fast” is not always accurate!), there is no patience for slow delivery, responses, “drivers”, or service.  We expect that those people that provide various services that we need to be quick in their response to our need.  They are to be highly efficient in doing what needs to be done on time and without any delay. We expect folks to know we are in a hurry and we typically show little leniency for lack of responsive action.  After all, our computers are high-speed; our highways are expressways; and our oatmeal is instant.  Who has time to wait for anything?                                                                                                 

 In every generation, people worked hard.  In the Old Testament era and in most of the world today, people work daylight till dark seeking to make enough to eat, provide a roof over their head, and have something on their backs to wear. The diligence of life’s chores demand much of the worker without extra income for the luxuries that the wealthy enjoy.

One of the Old Testament events impressed me as a young man as I read of a young man’s love for the woman he longed to marry.  Jacob, whose name means “deceiver”, was himself, deceived by the father of the woman he wanted for his wife.  If you remember the story in Genesis, Jacob asked Laban for his daughter, Rachel’s hand in marriage. Laban agreed to allow him to marry Rachel if he would work for Laban for seven years to have her for his wife. But since Rachel had an older sister, Leah, who was single, Laban pulled a switch on Jacob and on the day of the wedding, the veiled bride was not Rachel, but Leah.  Much to his dismay, he discovered that he had married the wrong daughter the morning after the wedding. 

Needless to say, he went to see his “new” father-in-law with no small degree of anger at what Laban had done.  Laban, feeling very proud of himself and knowing how much Jacob desired to marry Rachel, he promised to give Rachel to be the bride of Jacob if he would work seven more years for Laban.  Jacob agreed. And, do you remember what the Bible records regarding those additional years of service?  So, Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.  Genesis 29:20. His love for Rachel was worth the wait to gain her hand in marriage. 

We are likely never going to be happy with “slowness” ever again as Americans.  In fact, just the suggestion of having to wait or unexpected delays cause us stress. 

The little boy was afraid of the dentist, so his dad decided to set the example and have his teeth examined, too. The dentist looked inside the father’s mouth & said, “There’s a tooth there that has to be pulled.”

The father asked, “How much will it cost?” The dentist answered, “We charge $50 a tooth.” Then the father asked, “How long will it take to actually pull the tooth?” The dentist answered, “About a minute.”

The father protested, “I get paid by the hour, and when I think of paying $50 for a minute’s work, that is a terribly high hourly wage.”

“Well,” the dentist said, “I can pull the tooth more slowly if you like.” (Copied).