Why is waiting so stinking hard though? We wait to "grow up" and finally get our driver's license. We wait to finish college. Find that dream job. Get married. And then we wait to get pregnant. And then finally when that blessed day comes, we wait another 9 months. And then we wait for that little one to grow up, support themselves and have a family of their own.
We wait. We wait. And we wait. It's hard. It's hard not to rush time and want to fast forward especially when we find ourselves in a valley--dead end job, no marriage, no positive pregnancy test, parenting a teenager…whatever your valley might be, don't rush. Wait. Choose to wait even though it's hard.
Don't worry, you're in safe company. All of the above mantras have been mine at one time or another. Believe it or not, but at 15 years old, I lived by this one:
Trample the weak, hurdle the dead.
We start on this trajectory very young. We start chasing those rabbits--getting on that treadmill to "go get what we want." But 50 or 60 years go by and we realize we are exactly where we started. We bought into what society fed us; we went on a wild goose chase only to end up back at the starting line having accomplished very little when it comes to leaving a legacy.
What do we do? How do we fight this society-norm?
Wait. Don't rush the waiting process. See waiting as a deliberate activity. Waiting is a beautiful thing. It allows us to clear our minds, our hearts and our spirits. Waiting is a training ground to prepare us for what's next. (Why do you think we have to wait 9 months before having a baby?!? Training time folks!!!)
So if you find yourself in a season of waiting, embrace it. Hug it! Love it! Be mindful and purposeful as you wait. Know that waiting is not forever. It's just for a season. So wait well, my friend. Don't rush it. Waiting is a very important part of living an abundant Life.