I think we all encounter life lessons we don’t grasp. My recurring lessons seem to revolve around patience (or lack thereof.) Time and again, I am presented with opportunities that try, test, and stretch my patience- and each time, I immediately look for loopholes.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had it right: the waiting is the hardest part.
We live in a ‘now’ society where instant gratification is expected. Don’t have the money to buy something? Forget about saving money and then making the purchase; just charge it. Find something online, but don’t want to wait ten days for shipping? For a price, FedEx can put it in your hands the next day. Have a story you want people to read? Skip the queries and self-publish. You get the idea.
Sometimes waiting is necessary- even good for me. The wait is the ‘pause’ button for the hectic grind of daily life where I can see the beauty of friendship and the power of prayer. The wait reminds me that things I take for granted are actually gifts. When I leave my worries at God’s feet in prayer and trust the outcome to Him, I feel some peace that there is purpose in a situation for which I have no control.
I experienced all of this last week when my older son’s visit to urgent care turned into several hours in the hospital ER. A quick call to my best friend asking her to include us in her prayers turned into a response later that evening that she had several people praying for us. Another phone call gave me someone to watch my younger son (my Dad) and my Mom’s support as she waited with us.
We’re still waiting on test results for a condition I cannot pronounce (Glomerulonephritis). Whether it’s the answer to the question of what’s wrong, I don’t know.
I could dwell on the diagnosis (or the absence of one), but instead, I choose to recognize the blessing of the wait. Without the wait, I wouldn’t have felt the outpouring of support, which felt like God’s arm around my shoulders telling me it’s going to be okay.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2Thessalonians 3:16)