I must admit right up front—I hate to wait!
Since waiting apparently increases success in life, I hate to think what that says about me. Uhh…let’s not go there!
So what do you think? Do you believe that there’s any truth to the idea that learning to wait well leads to success?
Believe it or not, this idea finds credence in a research study done with four year olds and marshmallows. The researchers put one four year old at a time in a room with a marshmallow on the table in front of him or her. Then the researcher told the child that if he waited to eat the marshmallow until the researcher came back, he could have two marshmallows.
The experiment was repeated with several children. Some ate them right away. Some studied the marshmallows, but eventually succumbed to the temptation before the researcher returned. And some distracted themselves long enough to wait until the researcher returned and were rewarded with a double treat!
Now that’s not where the study ended. The researchers followed up on the academic path of these children years later. Not only did they find that the children who waited had greater academic successes, but their SAT scores were over two hundred points higher than the other kids who could not wait.
I don’t know whether this study convinces you that waiting is a building block of success or not, but I do know that the Bible asks us to wait. Here are just a few examples:
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 (NLT)
“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:8 (NIV)
“Lord, be kind to us. We have waited for your help. Give us strength every morning. Save us when we are in trouble. Isaiah 33:2 (NCV)
“Yet those who wait for the Lord, will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
Maybe waiting is something God wants us to do more of. And maybe, just maybe, God can hardly wait until the day that He gets to give us that sweet extra marshmallow at the end of our long wait.
So tell me . . .
What are you having trouble waiting on right now?
What successes have you had because you waited on God?