In our Scripture readings today we are reminded to keep circling (Joshua 6:4 where they circled Jericho 7 times, in one day, after circling once a day for 6 days) and to celebrate (Luke 15 where the "lost is found") but both of these things mean even more time! To "keep circling" means we probably haven't had an answer yet so how can we "celebrate"? My answer would be that we can "celebrate" while we are "circling." We can celebrate being able to pray. We can celebrate the promise God has given us., We can celebrate God's Love for each, and all, of us.
We aren't told, in any of the three stories in Luke, how long they "searched for the lost" or waited for the "son to come home." We aren't told if the person was praying while looking for the one sheep, one coin or waiting for the son. I can only speak as a parent, and as a person that has "lost" something and had to clean the house to (hopefully) find it, but I can tell you that prayer was a definite part of what I was/am doing. I can understand the idea of "continuing" to circle, in prayer, even while waiting. I can understand the celebrating while circling (they were playing trumpets while they circled!!).
The question continues to be if we can, in our "instant" world, continue to have live our faith. Time with God, feeling God's presence, while being in Scripture, praying, circling and celebrating does give us the "peace that passes understanding" even while we wait to 'find' what is lost. I encourage you -- keep circling and keep celebrating!!