As a people, we are not comfortable with waiting. We see it as wasted time and try to avoid it, or at least fill it with trivial busyness. We value action for its own sake. Even in retirement, people are expected to be active and boast that they are “busier than ever”. It is hard to trust in the slow work of God. So the model of pregnancy and birth is a helpful one. Genetic engineers have managed in vitro fertilization, surrogate pregnancies, and astounding feats with the fecundity of milk cows — but they have not managed to speed the process of gestation. There are times when waiting is inevitable, ordained, and fruitful.
Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening, pg 93

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