Monday, January 24, 2011

Wait...Keep waiting....Wait!

"Wait" is a command used in dog training that is different from "stay." Wait means to stop temporarily, eventually moving forward. Stay lasts longer, sometimes going back in a different direction.

I was going to take a picture of Foster and Tilly "waiting" to get in the car, but it usually involves a lot of drooling. That was too much to take on for a Monday.

Our culture does not encourage patience. For anything. We don't like waiting in the drive-thru at the fast food restaurant. We don't like waiting the thirty seconds for a webpage to change. Enduring anything difficult is not seen as building character and a time of learning, but something to be fled in pursuit of an easier path.

Recently, I heard a teaching that "waiting is an act of worship." Hmmmm...that made me think. Looking at these times of "waiting" as a sacrifice of letting go of control, trusting for the next step as an act of worship and faith, makes it a little less difficult. Eventually, that next thing will be in place and I can move to it.

Waiting is difficult, particularly when it seems within sight. Timing is everything and trusting for the perfect timing, not my best guess, builds trust and faith.

What are you waiting for?

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