The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Tom Petty has a knack for timeless lyrics with universal appeal. Some thirty years after its release in 1981, his song "The Waiting" tugs at listeners more powerfully than ever. Whether it's waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for food service, or waiting for marriage, biding our time is more counter-cultural than ever. And proclaiming it "the hardest part" resonates deeply. We have been conditioned to have it our way, right away. First it was fast food and instant coffee; then it was everything else as well.

But our disdain for waiting isn't just the product of social trends and generational shifts; it is an expression of something profoundly human.

Our twin four-year-old boys can relate already. They heard Petty's chorus, and it struck a nerve — and stayed with them more than anything else from his greatest-hits album. Now they sing it to pacify themselves when they feel the burn of waiting.

And the pains of waiting seem even more pronounced in mom and dad. From gestation, parenting has challenged our patience, and exposed its lack, with embarrassing frequency and depth.

Christianity Is Waiting

Our perspective on waiting is perhaps one of the stronger ways our society is out of stride with the biblical worldview. Not that waiting was easy for our forefathers, but they were more at peace with it, and more ready to see its goodness and potential.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]