This is one part of the service that has always bothered me. "Now is the time for silent prayer." As soon as you start to think the words the minister says "And now for the hymn". Or similar instructions.
It makes sense. There is not time enough to give more then 10, 20 seconds to the silent prayer. The service must get back on track or it could take a very long time to complete. .
You sing the hymn or say the written prayer but there is not time to read and really think about the words.
Why did I think about this in relation to us?
What happens we go to the doctor?
Most doctor appointments last for at most 10 - 12 minutes before the physician needs to go on to the next patient.
A minute or two is taken up with pleasantries. "Hi. How are you? Fine. Thank you. And you?"
"What's going on?" The doctor asks.
"I have a pain here. " "My pain has changed." "I have a new symptom." "I just don;t feel right."
Thats another minute or two gone.
"Please explain what you mean by that."
By the time you have answered and he/she digests what you have said you are right up against the 10 - 12 minutes.
Then comes the pronouncement.
"I think you have ( ) and this is what needs to be done to treat it."
He/she names medications, therapies, even surgery or a referral to a different doctor.
There is no time to digest it, to hear the words, to really understand what and why he is saying what he is.
If you have a good doc, and he is not on a strict deadline, you may be able to keep him there longer to answer your questions.
More often then not, the time is not there.
Because of the time constraint we are often pushed to make, or feel we are being pushed to make a decision at that moment; to accept a prescription without getting a full rundown of the possible risks vs. benefit. To not have the time or presence of thought due to the rush to say "I have tried that before, it did not work, or made me fell ( ) or I have heard bad things about it, is there something else instead?
"Why do I need to see someone else? Who is this person?" Surgery, physical therapy, a procedure. Is the time there to explore all of the minutiaea?
Usually the answer is No.
It is easy to want to rush into making a decision, to agree to something, anything. because of our need.
Just like in church the information is there, the offer is there, the time is absent.
But as with prayer, we need to remember that the time is available outside of church, outside of the doctor's office. No matter how rushed we feel, we need to step back and make the time for ourselves.