Dr. Suess wrote: Oh the Places You Go . . One of those stops, is the Waiting Place!
Waiting is typically associated with boredom, nothing to do, sort of a wasted space in time. It can be lonely. Waiting is definitely not the “Life of the Party.” No one is jumping up and down, saying, Me Me, can I Wait? It just doesn’t happen.
Don’t you hate to wait? Waiting for a date to come,
the leaves to turn, the wind to blow, your brain to learn, waiting for a cup of joe, waiting for the grass to grow.
The dictionary defines Waiting as: to remain stationary, in readiness or expectation, to rest in patience. I went away on a girl’s 3 day weekend, no ipod, no gadet distractions, but part of the trip was to go out into nature, clear your mind, think, pray and just Be. It was quiet hard to do NOTHING. Us women are multitaskers; it’s in our blood to keep the balls juggling’ and the plates spinning’.
After 10 minutes, my mind was empty, except for a long list of to do’s: buy groceries, fix the car, take Molly to soccer practice, write a story, pay the bills and, well, you get the gist. I had nothing in my brain to think about, but logistics. But as I sat there, the clutter and busy-ness began to fade, my brain began to clear and like the sun peeking through the clouds, I began to see things differently. . .
Be still and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10
We hurry through life and forget to WAIT . . be still, listen to the birds, smell the roses, get in the floor with the kids, erase the schedule and just be. You’ll be amazed out how your priorities, your outlook on life will change.
Suddenly, the birds you never heard before, get louder. The smell of roses get stronger and your life perspective begins to line up. Those high priorities of work, women’s meetings, charity events and all-day house cleaning marathons don’t have the same importance as they did before.
Like death, taxes and the poor . . . laundry and dirty dishes will be with you ALWAYS. Our children won’t be young forever, they won’t always be willing to hang with us. Jump on the tire swing, listen to what they have to say, take a nice walk and wait in readiness and expectation for what is to come.
Embrace the quietness, for in it, your thoughts, dreams and goals will begin to re-arrange themselves and all the important things will rise to the top and those that aren’t, well . . . they’ll begin to fade. Take the time to wait, for in doing so . . . Oh, the places you will go!