We needed to fast-forward through the previews and had a “remember when” moment. We remembered the fast-forward button didn’t skip scenes like a DVD player but instead plays the movie faster with no sound.
Oh, and when you press fast-forward again, it doesn’t go faster it just fast-forwards at the exact same speed.
The action of fast-forwarding a VHS was a surreal moment. I realized, first of all, how far technology has come and, secondly, how impatient we are as people.
We have fast-forward buttons that skip whole sections of a movie – which is certainly a handy feature – and we do the same thing with life sometimes. In essence we wish to skip a scene of life and go on to the next one because this part is boring, or pointless, in our eyes. We impatiently wish for the part of life we are living to just get over with so we can move on.
Granted, as far as college goes, I wish I could press the slow-mo button instead of the fast-forward. However, most of the time we want life to go faster.
We want to skip high school and be in college, skip single life (or dating/non-engaged life – you know who you are) and skip immediately to married with children. We want to skip the days of learning and growing in our relationship with God, right to what we think as “being there” – wherever “there” is.
We want to jump from where we are to somewhere else, somewhere we seem to think will be better. It’s that grass is greener on the other side of the fence thing.
But if we really could skip to the part of life we want to be living, what would it be like? I think we would find that we missed out on a lot. I mean, if people always say things about the process being the best part of getting to the completion, or the journey being the important part on the way to a destination, that has to mean something. They can’t all be wrong can they?
And, if you think about it in terms of that VHS movie, if you fast-forward through part of the movie you won’t know what is happening when you finally press play.
So just press the play button and enjoy the movie as it comes. Don’t try to fast-forward the boring parts or even slow-mo the parts you wish didn’t have to get over so quickly.
Just watch the movie as it plays. See where God takes it, and enjoy it as it comes, scene by scene.
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.