"The doctor will be with you in a minute."
That’s almost a comical sentence, isn’t it? You’ve been waiting for two hours in a waiting room surrounded by sick people who can’t seem to remember to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. You wonder if the person who sat in your chair before you used Kleenex or just your seat cushion to wipe his nose. Then, your name is called, and you jump out of your seat running to the door like a contestant who’s just been called to compete on the Price is Right. The nurse walks you into a room and you’re told, “The doctor will be with you in a minute.” What is exactly “a minute” in the field of medicine? It certainly is not 60 seconds!
I’ve spent some time in waiting rooms these past weeks, more than usual anyway. And I am amazed at the patience of patients. Really, in the instantaneous society that brings us entertainment on demand, fast food, and up to the second information on an almost infinite number of topics, we simply resign ourselves to sitting for 3 hours waiting for a doctor to be with us “in a minute.” We expect the long wait. We anticipate it. We tell stories about it. No one is surprised by it. And somehow, we’re ok with it.
I can not think of any other area of our life, except maybe large city commuting, where the long wait is acceptable. As my daughter’s kindergarten teacher said, “We want what we want when we want it.” And if we don’t get it, we tend to get unreasonable, don’t we?
But for the doctor, we’ll wait. Why? Because we know we are in need. We are sick and we are hurting. We want relief and we are willing to wait a long time if need be to get some help in our condition. For this reason, though we don’t like it, we’ll wait in the hope that our waiting will pay off.
Scripture teaches us that we are broken and in need. We are sick and we are hurting. We’ve sought help from many sources only to find that all the things that promise help and healing bring little to no relief. We’re desperate.
Praise God that Jesus came not for the sake of well, but for the sick. (Matthew 9:12) He is the Great Physician who treats the heart of the problem, our sin that separate us from Him. Today, will you acknowledge your sickness before Him? Call upon Jesus. Wait upon Him. (Lamentations 3:21-26) In Him you will find help and healing. He is a good doctor, and He will not let you down.