“What is Ernie doing?” begins one of my favorite Heinz Ketchup commercials from the 80’s. A group of college guys are hanging out at a local drive-in hamburger stand, waiting for their friend to fix his food. Holding a glass ketchup bottle upside down, Ernie has the cool, confident look of a guy who knows exactly what he wants and is prepared to wait as long as is necessary to get it. His friends lament the obvious. “He’s waitin’ for the ketchup!”

Frustrated and impatient, the guys take off, leaving Ernie seemingly stranded. Ernie, however, isn’t fazed. Within moments, a group of stunningly beautiful girls drive up in a sleek convertible and offer Ernie a ride. Clicking his tongue and winking flirtatiously, Ernie hops in the back seat and they drive away.  The tag line? “The best things come to those who wait!”

Heinz KetchupOur society is losing its ability to wait. Every advance in technology that allows us to do more in less time sensitizes us to those moments when we find ourselves having to sit still. It is no wonder, then, that we get impatient in seasons of pain. We read a story like the man born blind in John Chapter 9 and cannot imagine the injustice of having to wait so long for healing and restoration, but it was his waiting that eventually brought great rewards. Romans chapter 5 is clear: “We glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…” and “Those who wait upon the lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”

I guess the best things really do come to those who wait!! 

Question: What have you found helpful for persevering in seasons of waiting?