WAITING – A GOOD THING
How are you at waiting? I must confess that I’m not always good at it. These past few days I’ve been sick with a sinus infection and a debilitating headache. That meant I couldn’t spend much time reading or looking at a screen without my eyes watering. I couldn’t be very active because of my tired achy body. So I had to wait and rest, but I wasn’t very thankful or patient at first.
Waiting turned out to be a good thing for me.
I had been so busy before I got sick that I didn’t take as much time to pause and relax. The sickness forced me to stop. On the worst day I would lean back in the recliner loveseat, close my eyes and just listen. It’s surprising all the sounds you can hear when you are still and quiet. The next day I felt a little better and was able to get outside for a little while. I love how the sky looks in the picture below taken around twilight as we were having a thunderstorm.
Another benefit from the forced rest was that I spent more time in prayer for myself and for others. When my head was not throbbing so much, I listened to music with my headphones to help me relax. I also listened to a couple of sermons on the book of Ruth that were inspiring. Today I am feeling much better though not completely over it yet.
As I was thinking about what to write for the post today I found a poem in my journal about waiting. On a group call back in December, my daughter, Jamie, challenged us to write something that would personify waiting. I thought about how hard it can be to wait sometimes but also realized that some things are worth waiting for. It was written in haiku form:
Waiting, you are huge
A giant filling the room
I am overwhelmed
Why are things so hard
Will you ever shrink in size
Please give me some hope
Be patient, my child
Some things are worth waiting for
One day you will know
Whatever it is you are waiting for, whether it is hard or easy, remember that it’s better to be patient rather than to worry and fret. God will be with us in the waiting and his timing will be just right.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord.
This is one of the songs I listened to and it was very encouraging to me. I pray it blesses you, too.