Waiting sucks. There, I said it. I used to love the anticipation that accompanied waiting for something, but lately I’ve lost that sense of excitement and replaced it with a much more watered down version of enthusiasm known as mild annoyance (and perhaps some of you who know me well would argue for a bit stronger descriptor!).
The truth is ~ life is full of waiting; waiting for circumstances to change, waiting for plans to come to fruition. Unfortunately, I think it’s all too easy to become complacent in our waiting ~ to feel stuck, jaded, ignored, or resentful.
I am very blessed in my life to be surrounded by people who encourage and support me in times of waiting. They listen patiently, pray earnestly, and drop nuggets of wisdom in my desperately outstretched arms. But, I have to be honest; there have been multiple occasions during these times of frustration where I’ve been offered one little phrase that really drives me absolutely bonkers.
“Just wait. Once you finish/get through/accomplish A, then B will happen.”
Hearing that phrase makes me want to pull my hair out…one tweeze at a time. Why? Because waiting will always be replaced with more waiting. Think about it for a second ~ doesn’t it seem like you’re always waiting to overcome a hurdle, accomplish a task, take a journey, repair a relationship, end a trial, change careers, conquer a project, reach a goal, experience relief…and the list could stretch miles.
Waiting is inevitable.
So, I want to be known as someone who waits with passion. Someone who presses forward in the midst of all the delays and holds ~ frustrations and all (because let’s be honest ~ the unpleasant emotions will always be there. They’re not going anywhere people, so you’d better accept it).
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).
How ‘bout you ~ are you willing to wait with gusto?