Africa, South America, the Caribbean, etc…. You name it, there are tons of places that aren’t strapped to time as we are in the States and Europe. How about in Scripture? Is there a hurry?
We can be fired from a job for being more than 10 minutes late three times in a month. Here you are lucky if employees are only 10 minutes late each day. When does church start? Well that depends on if it rained or if the instruments are working or if there is a funeral in the village or if yesterday was a special event, etc….
Time is not to be worshipped or held on to. Relationship are however to be kept. When you are on your way to work you need to stop and greet everyone that you pass when you live in the village. That can take time. When you are supposed to register for an event, you may or may not do so. In your mind you are most likely going but to let them know is to commit and that takes money and knowledge of the future.
When we plan events like conferences, seminars, classes, camps, school, etc… we can never really know who will come and how many to prepare for. It can be frustrating when a week before the event only 1/2 of your expected number have registered. You begin to think, “Did I order too many nametags and too much food? Have I not communicated with them soon enough so that they can find funds? Have I done something to offend them and they do not want to learn from me?”
It makes some of us feel like we have failed in our responsibilities because people are not responding. You begin to think how to rearrange a days scheduled teachings because everyone arrived 2 hours later than you planned to start.
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and over and over again we practice that on the mission field. To remind yourself that God knows and is in control of the situation is important. To not take it upon yourself as a failure on your part is also important. To take time to greet people when you are late for something is important too.
Through Him we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice on the hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we glory in afflictions also, knowing that afflictions work out patience, and patience works out experience, and experience works out hope. And hope does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. Romans 5:2-5