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.