It is one virtue that I struggle to maintain. Stilling myself and adopting the mindset of ‘not-yet’ is one of the hardest disciplines that I have had to exercise. I remember as a child wanting everything right now. As an adult that desire is still there but has to be tempered daily. I can tell you from experience that what you desire may not be what is best for you. It may actually be to your detriment not your betterment yet it can be so difficult at times…
You know the feeling:
When you are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with your doctor/dentist and find yourself escorted to the waiting room. You steer at the chairs with much trepidation. You sit for what seems to be eternity while he/she tends to other patients.
So….You mindlessly catch up on the latest gossip and health fads. You play with your phone silently stalking Facebook profiles. You bite your fingernails. You impatiently check and re-check the time on your watch. You urgently tap your feet in quick rhythm while seething with anger on the inside.
If you are like me, your thoughts go something like this:
“Does he/she not realize that I have things to do today!” … “My boss is expecting me back soon.” “I do not pay these expensive premiums and co-pays to wait.” “They’re messing with my schedule!” yet you wait. The value of personal health and wellness outweighs the time spent waiting.
Sometimes it seems like time moves ever sooooooo s-l-o-w-l-y or that the answer that should be around the corner is light-years away or that God is silent. You’ve pouted, stumped your feet, thrown a tantrum, wiggled your fist, and cast blame. Take a time out and listen:
As I mature, I have indeed found great value in the waiting period. It can be squandered or used wisely.
You can make more progress and have more success while you wait than in constant motion.
- It provides opportunity to assess your priorities
- It can help build discipline and self-control
- You can determine boundaries and guardrails
- It spurs creativity
- You find beauty in the mundane
- You embrace simplicity
- It provides rest and restoration
- Your faith and strength is renewed
- It gives new perspective
- You learn contentment
- It strengthens your resolve
- You learn humility and character
- You learn how to persevere
- It presents the gift of time that you may not have had in the busyness of life
- You can reflect on the past, embrace the present, and prepare for the future
- It reveals things hidden
- It saves you money
- You determine for you and your family what is enough
- You learn lots about yourself
- You deal with insecurities
- You learn discernment
- You learn how to love and care for others
- You learn how to pray
- You realize that you are not in control
- You realize that God is in control
God is Glorified
I have found that in the periods of waiting, some of the very things I thought I “absolutely needed” are no longer important.
- Is it necessary?
- Why do I need it?
- Who am I trying to impress?
- Will this satisfy me?
- Will it change who I am?
- Can it wait?
We must determine to make the best of each and every season that we are in regardless of the circumstances.
Below is a Free Printable to help you do so.
This is a manifesto — your manifesto–A declaration of your intentions while in the waiting period.
- Download it
- Think about what you will write
- Pray about what you will write
- Write it down
- Live it Out