Waiting is inevitable. Waiting at red lights. Waiting at the doctor’s office. Waiting for Christmas. Waiting for the sermon to be over. Waiting for school to end. Waiting for school to start.

A lot of life happens while we are waiting, so why not make our peace with the idea of occasionally pausing. We use phrases such as “chomping at the bit” to indicate the impatience with which we sometimes wait. We’re ready to go now. Right now. This very second. We hate the hesitation.

Why not embrace the delay? I suspect it would be healthier for us.

The Bible talks about meditation, but we rarely practice such patient reflection. I’ve learned more about mindfulness in four months of yoga than I have in sixty-seven years of church-going. Waiting provides opportunities for intentional thought. We might have less hypertension and fewer heart attacks if people learned to value rather than fight periods of inactivity.

Sabbath rest is a major aspect of many religions. Stop. Rest. Relax.

When popular entertainers, such as Michael Buble, say they want to “Give people a vacation from the hard times,” maybe that’s an idea the rest of us ought to think about.

Slow down and linger a while. The light will turn green soon enough.


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6 thoughts on “Wait

  1. Uncle Butch

    Kinda depends on what you are waiting for…if it’s the dumass in the car in front of you looking down because he is obviously texting 5 seconds after the light has turned green, then I admit defeat. In fact, I get agitated just thinking about it. Gotta work on that. Otherwise, the ability to wait patiently is a gift worth working on. Going to the DR. for a blood test in a few minutes–we’ll see how I do.

    Thanks for a thoughtful blog.

  2. hopeclark

    Especially when we cannot do a thing about the delays that are thrust in our lives. So like you said, why not embrace them. I try to do that. I also say no to events that will crunch my time, interfering with my need to be in solitude. Seems the older I get, the more I relish my alone time. Thanks for the post.

  3. Brena Walker

    Have you read the book More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger? I am intrigued by his ideas and think you would be too. It could change anyone’s passion for “conspicuous consumption.”

  4. I have not read Jeff Shinabarger. Do you know the name of his book? Or is it a blog?

    • Brena Walker

      He wrote the book called
      More or Less.
      It is about living with “enough ” and sharing excess with those in need. It will change your outlook on many things you will love his stories.

  5. Thanks, Brena. I will get it.

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