This post is a part of Five minute Friday, a writing flash mob that happens every week when writers are prompted by a single word to write for 5 minutes without any major editing. Just raw thoughts and emotions. You can find out more and/or join the party here.
I think one of God’s greatest gifts to us is the ability to wait, all be it impatiently. But it can be an all consuming thing, to wait for that something you (think) you want more than anything. I should know, I’ve been waiting for a husband for…wait, how old am I again?…. It has been the one constant thing on my mind from the time I get up till the time I surrender to sleep. As I stand here, waiting, I look back over the men who have come through my life, and I thank God that I never made it to the alter with any of them. I can wait for the picture of love God has shown me through friends’ marriages. Yes, I can wait for that.
In my time of waiting for that thing I desperately want, I am thankful. I am thankful for the gifts and talents that I have discovered inside myself that I might never have discovered if I were busy being someone’s wife. Waiting is what led me here. It is in my waiting that I discovered a love and talent for writing that really had always been there. (They say look to childhood activities to discover what you’ll be good at.) So, while I am still waiting, all be it impatiently, I am a more fulfilled person than I would have been had I married a year or more ago, before I found this other great love of mine.
In your waiting, no matter what it is you are waiting for, take the time to listen to that still small voice as He whispers truths about yourself in your ear. Take those truths and act on them. Find out what they mean for you.
PS–I always think of one of my favorite poems by Russell Kelfer when I hear the word wait. You can read that poem here.