I think it’s one of those virtues that isn’t always at the top of our lists.
We like things fast. We want things now.
When we order food, we want it promptly so we can gobble it up and move on with our day.
This is my final post from Africa. I’ll board my plane tonight and head back to America. America, where we can see new homes and strip malls pop up like weeds. America, where get annoyed when a friend is late to a meeting or a job takes longer than planned or a text message takes more than a few seconds to reach its destination.
The glacial pace of this earth does not suit our whims and timetables.
And when it comes to problems, we want the solutions now. We wonder what is taking so long. We complain because there is still poverty, there is still corruption, there is still evil in the world, and we want the job to be done today.
But what I have seen in Uganda and Rwanda is that if we want to be a part of the solution, we have to be willing to not even see the fruits of our labor. Because it takes a very long time for the fruit to grow.