Some people’s lives are filled with excitement and constant activity. Other people find themselves waiting between emergency calls or for the tide to change, for the pot to boil or for a doctor to arrive.
Waiting is an important part of our life. Our bodies need to wait in sleep in order to regenerate our strength for the next round of daily activities.
Farmers need to wait for the rain and the sun, before they harvest their crops. A mother waits while her baby prepares to meet the world. Parents often have to wait in a hospital’s casualty ward while a child’s life hangs in the balance.
Throughout our lives, there are many occasions when we all have to wait in a queue somewhere. Many of our waiting periods can be a source of considerable frustration. But why tie ourselves up in knots – all the anxiety and built up anger we might be exerting on ourselves at the slowness of movement in front of us will do nothing to shorten the queue.
Sometimes it’s good to be still, to wait, reflect and learn from all that’s happening around us. We should use these periods of inactivity in our lives to our benefit. Here is an opportunity given to us to slow down if only for a short time, to think, to plan or even to pray.
To use our waiting time effectively, we need to accept that being quiet and practicing patience can often be just as rewarding as active participation.
To test out this theory we just need to wait!