Waiting

girl-1794350_960_720As I sit here waiting for the dawn to break I find myself musing on the different times in our lives when we ‘wait’ and how that ‘waiting’ takes on many forms.

Each day for me begins with a deliberate and purposeful waiting. I have to be early – to sit quietly and simply wait if I want to participate in the joys each dawn can bring.

I think of wildlife photographers. I love to watch their films – delight at entering into the fascinating lives of so many animals on our planet. Yet – that snippet of film has so often taken days or even months to film. The photographer is prepared to wait in order to capture that image – that scene. Many times they must be disappointed – tired – frustrated – yet they continue to wait.

We all experience those times in our lives – we wait – with purpose – for something to happen but sadly in this age of technology we get impatient too quickly – feel frustrated at having to wait – and give up.  There’s a saying that goes “If something’s worth having – it’s worth waiting for” – that can be true in so many situations in our lives and the rewards of those ‘purposeful’ waiting times can be so great.

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At other times we can be ‘waiting’ with excitement and expectancy. We wait for someone to visit – to attend a wedding – for the birth of a child or grandchild. These times of waiting fill us with impatience at times but that’s only because we can hardly wait for the event to happen.

One memory I have was of an occasion when we were to return to the UK after spending 11 months on a volunteer mission in Africa. It had been so hard for me to leave family for so long  but here we were – getting ready to return. That time of waiting was full of both expectancy at the awaited reunion and an impatience for it to happen. We were so excited!

fun-airportOf course most of us will also experience times of anxious waiting in our lives. Those times when we wait for test results from the hospital – exam results – news of a new job or a house purchase.

This kind of waiting is perhaps the hardest for us all – causing so many emotions to rise within us. I remember when my daughter in law was first diagnosed with cancer – the waiting – the anxiety each time there was an appointment. Would the news be good – or bad. How long the months seemed – waiting anxiously.

untitledIf you’re reading this you could quite well be experiencing some aspect of ‘waiting’.

If you’re purposefully waiting – be patient – stick with it – and you will be rewarded in the end.

To those of you who are waiting expectantly may you enjoy those longed for events you have waited for.

But – maybe you’re going through an anxious time of waiting. For you I pray that you will know a strength and peace in the midst of your anxiety. I pray that even through this time of struggle you will be strengthened in your spirit and know that Someone is by your side.

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