Pentecost 12 :: Hurry up and wait!

Razorback Band

Razorback Band

“Hurry up and wait!”

That was the hidden motto of the Razorback Band back in my college days. After hours of rehearsals and marching in formation and honing our halftime routine to perfection, all 260 of us would meet at the Band Hall in the early morning darkness waiting for the buses which would take us to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock for the big game that Saturday.

“Hurry up and wait!”

We were to be at the ready by 5am, in order to board the buses and leave promptly at 6am so that we could arrive at our destination in plenty of time to get in a quick practice before the nationally televised game was to begin. 6am came and went. No buses. 630. No buses.

“Hurry up and wait!”

We’d been through this all before. Whether it was waiting for a bus to arrive or waiting for the football team to get off the field so we could rehearse on a Friday afternoon, or just waiting for the drum major to blow his whistle, it was always, “Hurry up and wait!” We were ready. Why weren’t they? Let’s get this thing going. All this rushing around just to get there on time, and nothing. We could’ve taken an extra fifteen minute break!

“Hurry up and wait!”

This might actually be a good motto for the Christian life. Think about it. We try our best to do the things Jesus asks of us. We muddle through our own shortcomings, sure of God’s forgiveness and we carry on. We talk the talk and walk the walk. We’re ready for whatever comes our way. We are watchful. Diligent. Lamps lit. And we wait. And wait. And wait. Sure in the hope that Christ will come and find us ready. “Hurry up and wait” may not be such a bad thing after all!

By the way. The buses did come. At 730. We missed our final rehearsal, but we did arrive at the stadium just in time… to wait again. Network glitches delayed the game for over an hour!

Link to RCL Lectionary for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

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