Monday, September 30, 2019

Waiting is Hard ~ But God Still Works in the Waiting

Waiting is hard sometimes.  For kids, for adults, it is just hard at times.  If we aren't patient it is hard to teach a kid patience. 

In a society where almost everything is becoming instant and at our fingertips, we forget how to wait.  A couple weeks ago I cam across some interesting facts about waiting, or rather lack there of.  It takes seconds waiting at a red light before drivers grow impatient.  Can you imagine what it is like in traffic?  Waiting in line at a store?  Even in a time when we can get things delivered to us the day we order it or within a couple days as soon as it is delayed we grow impatient.

What if we looked at it in a different way?  Why not use the time waiting for something else?

We can still grow while we wait.  Sometimes we grow the most in the waiting.  The waiting can be a few hours, or days, months, or even years.  During that time it can be a real struggle.  Wondering, yearning, wanting answers, growing frustrated or irritated or maybe angry. 

For me, in the long stretches of waiting I tend to grow doubtful.  Asking tons of questions, wondering when or what if, all too often letting the negative inner critic have more say.  The fears, the worry, sometimes guilt get the better of me.

More recently, I have been working on my perspective and attitude during the long waits.  Letting go, not letting the doubt or the inner critic overwhelm me.  Sure, I do take a moment to listen to that inner voice, but when it starts down the negative side, doubting, frustrating,,,whatever the feeling I acknowledge it, accept it for what it is, and work through it.  No, it isn't always going to be easy and it ain't always going to look pretty. 

At the same time, I am teaching and guiding little ones in this too.  So what can I do I best or better to help them process and wait as they watch me in my waiting.

So what do we do while in the waiting?

For me, I reground myself often.  I pray and let it all out.  I do card pulls to have something tangible, because sometimes I need to have something a little more concrete.  I talk it out and work it out in workouts

We grow all the time.  But we grow the most in the waiting, through the storms, through the things that push us the most outside our comfort zone.

I have learned that God is still working in the waiting.  It may not feel like it, but there is work happening.  And that work can carry you through to the outcome and answers.

We are faced with waiting all the time.  But how do you face waiting?

I am still learning to let myself grow and to change my perspective, and yet still be authentic and real.  It is a work in progress, but then again so am I.  Transformations don't always take a short time, sometimes they take longer...longer than anticipated. 

Are you in a period of waiting? Or have you just come out of one?

What do you do in the waiting?

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