I am not a fan of waiting. I never have been, and I am almost positive that I never will be. But ya know what? I’m really, really good at it. Seriously, it’s pretty impressive. I never even realized just how good I am at waiting until it was pointed out to me the other day. Which, obviously, got me thinking (I know, dangerous, right?), about how many people I know that are good at waiting. I couldn’t really think of anyone. No offense to the awesome people in my life. We are an impatient people living in a society where waiting is painted as absolute torture.
I started looking into this whole business of waiting and why it’s such a dirty word today.
Why do we hate waiting? Duh, because we want what we want when we want it, right? We have adopted the ‘don’t care how, I want it now’ mentality of Veruca in Willy Wonka. We all know how her story ends; she’s a bad egg, yeah? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a bad egg.
Here’s the truth: waiting is hard. It’s uncomfortable. It can be boring. And it’s even harder to wait for something that everyone seems to have except you. Here’s the thing though, waiting is absolutely necessary. When you bake cookies, you may want to immediately eat them as soon as they come out of the oven, but if you do, you burn yourself. That’s the perfect picture of our world today.
Look at all the people who have burned themselves by rushing into relationships simply because they were tired of waiting. I’ve definitely been there. It’s not a fun place to be and I don’t suggest you try to visit or live there, juss sayin’.
Waiting is a process that we need whether we realize it or not. It’s in the waiting that God prepares us for a future only He can see. If you skip your preparation, you’ll miss your destination. And I think therein lies the beauty of waiting.
I’ve been in a season of waiting in my life for much longer than I would like, but I’ve learned a lot of things through this journey.
My friend told me I was amazing at waiting, but I don’t think that’s really it. What it comes down to is that I know what it is that I’m waiting for. The promise in my heart is so beyond anything I could ever imagine and I assure you it is so worth it! After all, the absolute best things in life are worth waiting for, right?
It’s not always fun. It’s definitely not easy, but God has a plan for you. Hang in there and begin to appreciate the beauty in the midst of the wait.
Xo — Britt