MY first reaction to the one-word prompt of waiting was “Oh my Lord, I waste so much time waiting for one thing or another!”
As a wife, I have to constantly wait for my husband who simply does not see the need to (as he puts it) rush, ever! No matter whether it’s an appointment or an event with a start time; he will only leave with enough time to get there. He always knows best, “It’ll only take us 20 minutes, chill out woman!” Invariably we hit traffic, and it takes twice as long.
As a mum, I have had to start waiting for the two youngest. They have adopted the no-need-to-rush habit often because they just want to watch the end of one mind numbing programme or another. Unless of course the event or thing is something they want to get to, in which case “We need to leave NOW!”
Between them, they drive me almost insane! Maybe this is a mum/wife thing, I don’t know, but my upbringing was that you arrived on time to things – not too early but never late, it’s just rude. Over the years I’ve taken to telling the family the ‘thing’ or place we are going to starts at least 40 minutes earlier than it does, in the hope that occasionally we are on time.
As a student I find myself waiting on tenterhooks for my assignment results, regardless of the date provided for their release. Each day I think they might just be there and then wonder at my frustrated disappointment when they are not.
In more general terms, we spend time waiting for all sorts of reasons. We wait in queues to get our shopping, another to pay for it, and then queue in traffic on our way home or to work. Today’s technology involves us waiting too. Only yesterday I had to wait nearly an hour for my PC at work to complete its updates before I could access the documents I needed! We wait for the right time, deliveries to be made, post to arrive, the rain to stop, the dog to go, the kettle to boil and we even have rooms dedicated to waiting. Wow! We do an awful lot of waiting don’t we?
But waiting can be a good thing.
The Bible contains 141 references to waiting in various contexts and this weekend along with a number of others, I will be doing a different kind of waiting. We will wait on others; serving, encouraging and guiding them as we bless them by showing them the love of the Lord and, together, we will practice yet another kind of waiting. One that is less frustrating, one that brings peace and hope as we,
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
If waiting is sometimes a cause of frustration or anxiety for you, I hope you too will discover a new, more fulfilling kind of waiting, one that refreshes the soul.
God bless 🙂
This post was inspired by the Daily Post’s Daily Prompt