Perhaps, we all know the feeling of waiting. It can be as minuscule as waiting in a queue of a coffee shop or as immense as spending an entire life waiting for something. It amazes me to think how we humans act so distinctively in different situations. Sometimes, it becomes unbearable to move behind a slow car. We speed up to overtake the vehicle in front, just to reach our destination faster, for we can’t wait. Sometimes waiting for the phone to charge seems like decades. And even it really only takes a matter of minutes (and even though it’s nothing more than a phone), we start to feel anxious, wondering how long this could possibly take…and sometimes we are ready to wait for years for something, which, at times, we know might never happen.
Who can understand the meaning of the word ‘wait’ better than a mother who eagerly waits for nine months to see her child, parents who impatiently wait to see their children staying in different geographical locations, a soldier’s wife who keenly waits for years to be with her husband, a child who fervently waits to become a teenager, a teenager who excitedly waits to be married, a shopaholic who waits for the seasonal sale and the list is endless. These are the ‘waits’ that we whole heatedly embrace, however, there are many that we wish would never end.
With each wait comes patience. With each wait comes faith and hope. While most of us are in a rush, it seems God is usually not in a hurry. We sometimes want God to move with our timelines but the Scriptures say He is slow at going about things. It seems He always has a plan and a purpose for everything. He makes waiting a part of life and for reasons unknown to us, He uses ‘wait’ as a tool to develop each one of us.
Waiting has a way of bringing out the best and worst in people. Waiting builds patience and patience in waiting for small things leads to having patience in the bigger things. Not just patience, waiting also builds anticipation and we tend to appreciate things the longer we have to wait for them. Waiting has a way of rubbing off the rough edges of our lives. God uses this time of waiting to transform our characters. I strongly believe that waiting during the difficult times thickens our relationship with God.
If we think intensely, at the end of each wait lays a change, big or small. It’s important to comprehend what we are really waiting for. In the deepest corner of our heart is always hidden an answer for ‘Why’. Sometimes, our heart dismisses what our mind clings on and such waits become tediously long. A wait accompanied with a clear motive becomes a fulfilling experience. A wait only for the sake of waiting becomes an incurable ache, which affects not just the peace of mind but takes away the beauty of life as well. There comes a point in life when our heart knows when to give up, for some waits are afar faith and hope. Such waits are never fulfilled. God always signals us to catch the omens and move on to wait for something more worthwhile. Though we know we should listen to our hearts but sometimes mind makes wiser decisions.
With all enthusiasm, I am readily waiting for so much. With the consent of my mind and heart, I have given up waiting for things that I have understood will never be rewarded. Today, I am celebrating the ‘Wait’, I am rejoicing the experience and I am living in each moment to cherish this gift of life.
Waiting for something fulfilling is a beautiful journey, for what lies at the end of the tunnel is always worth a wait.