The Benefits of Waiting
Waiting is not a desirable option, is it? We have ATM Machines that give us Instant Cash, Express Lines at the Grocery Stores, and Express Lanes on our freeways. We’re a society that wants it now, fast! Over the years, our family has had to learn to wait we didn’t have a choice. When our son was two, he was diagnosed with kidney failure and needed a transplant. Our experiences with our son taught us that we had a lot to learn about waiting. By the time he was thirteen, he had undergone over a dozen major surgeries, two of which were kidney transplants. Waiting rooms became our second home, and one thing was made crystal clear. Waiting was inevitable, but we could learn to wait well.
We all have a choice as to how we responded to the waiting, but it takes some adjustment in our thinking. The word wait in the Greek: to expect fully. Hebrew: to bind, twist together. As we wait, we can fully expect for things to twist and bind together perfectly, for the best outcome.
Waiting certainly can bring out the beast in us, but it can also bring out the best!
Your Purpose is Defined: No matter the age, most of us have a dream hidden in our hearts. When circumstances suddenly seem to produce a waiting period in our lives, take this opportunity to re-visit your dream. It’s amazing how we can be steered off course, so if you’re not on your dream track, seize this opportunity to realign your life with your heart. Daily, ordinary decisions, when made with the clear focus of our vision, will take us to our true destiny, our purpose is fulfilled.
Your Gifts are Renewed: Responding well to waiting requires creativity on our part. This is where the rubber meets the road and we can use waiting periods to our benefit. In our family’s situation, being forced to wait with others opened doors for new friendships, the discovery of new interests, and sharing old gifts in new ways.
Your Priorities are Set Straight: Sometimes it takes a real hard, honest look at our life and evaluating if we’re moving toward our dream. Walking your vision requires discipline, devotion, and dedication. Waiting gives you the opportunity to asses how life is orchestrating people and events to come together. When we’re too busy to notice, we miss some of the gifts sent our way.
Your Character is Illuminated: We could all use a little sprucing up in this area, and sometimes the best place to begin is in our waiting room. Look around you; is there someone within your view that might need a little encouragement? Random acts of kindness can go a long way here, and its benefits seem to run on a two way street. What a great time to reach down inside and pull up the good within.
Your Life is Placed on the Right Kind of Collision Course: Sometimes, certain wonderful people appear in our lives in order to help us fulfill our destiny. I call them angels on assignment or earth angels; they seem to play a specific role in our life for a specific purpose. Also, I’ve learned that when one door closes and the answer is no a better one is about to open. A better yes awaits you, if you don’t give up. Wait for it!