Monday, November 30, 2009

The Art of Waiting


We must wait for many, many things in our lives. The list is endless really.

To name just a few:

  • The nine-month wait for a wee little baby to be born.
  • Waiting for that big job promotion.
  • Waiting in the hospital waiting room for the status of a loved one.
  • Waiting for that guy to ask you out in high school, the cute one that you had a TOTAL crush on.
  • Waiting for the Thanksgiving turkey to be done JUST RIGHT while having to smell all the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen.
  • Waiting on your husband who can't hurry worth anything (LOVE YOU HONEY!!)
  • Waiting for God to answer a prayer.
  • Waiting for a response from agent/editor.
  • Waiting for the results of a contest.
This is just a really really short list of all the times that we wait.

Waiting is Biblical, you know. It's all over the Bible. "Wait on the Lord" this and "Wait on the Lord" that.

Examples:

Psalms 27:14 NLT "Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord."

Psalms 37:7 NLT "Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

I did a little waiting myself on Friday morning, which many of you did NOT partake in, I know, and which doesn't really count in the "biblical" sense of waiting.

Picture Krista... with a wicked cold... standing out in line in 40 degree weather... waiting for Sears to open at 4:00 a.m. Granted, my sister and I only stood out there for about 20 minutes (I went back to the car for about 5 of those...) but we got the "doorbuster" deals we were looking for. Totally worth the wait.

Then... after a brief stop at Krispy Kreme for Hot chocolate and a donut... we got to Target by 4:30... and again, waited in a VERY VERY VERY LONG line for 30 minutes until they opened at 5. I got the items I wanted... Three cheers for Krista!

Those times were worth the wait. But... I didn't mention our brief stink to Old Navy, which opened at 3:00. We arrived on time... not early... and the line was all the way down the shopping strip to even get in. My sister and I both decided... TOTALLY not worth the wait.

Now... I want to go back in time a little, a couple years ago when the Deal Or No Deal bus rolled into Nashville. A friend of mine from work and I decided it was a once in a lifetime chance, so we got up at the wee hour of... I don't recall how early, but it was probably around 4 because McDonald's wasn't even opened yet... and decked out in funny outfits and signs... we waited. And waited. And waited. And waited.

The weather went from FREEZING cold in the morning to "SHOOT! I can only take off so many articles of clothing" hot... and still we waited.

For EIGHT hours. By the time we got to meet the producers... we were so tired, hot and sticky that we really didn't care anymore. We gave our little speeches about how they should pick us, and left.

No phone call from producers. Totally NOT worth the wait. But... I don't regret it either. It was fun in its own way, it was an experience I lived to tell about, and if I hadn't gone... I would have had ZERO chance instead of... like... one in many many many thousands.

Moral of the Story: Waiting is part of life. You win some, you lose some, but you'll always lose if you never try.

But... sometimes the reward isn't worth it. So before you wait for it... weigh your options. Pray about it, make sure you are doing what GOD wants you to do. The outcome is up to HIM, not you. It's just our job to be obedient... then wait:-) Oh... and don't complain while you wait. It's your choice to get in line... so suck it up, smile, and enjoy the cold. Oh, and make sure you get a donut and hot chocolate to make the time go by a little more pleasantly. A pair of gloves is a good idea too.

**Note** Congratulations to Susan Reinhardt for winning the 5-book set from Tamara Leigh! (If you noticed... I made you WAIT until the end of the blog post to see who the winner was!)

23 comments:

Jessica said...

Congrats to Susan! I think she's going to love that. :-)

Great post Krista! Waiting is a part of life, and I think it's important to choose the right things to wait for. Like you guys and your first store. LOL

Tamika: said...

Congratulations Susan!

Thanks for the post Krista. I have been rushing a few things myself, but God lovingly got my attention this weekend.

Jody Hedlund said...

All that practice waiting on Black Friday must be good for something, right? :-) I still can't figure out why anyone would want to wait in line in the cold and battle the crowds! But I guess people could say the same thing about us writers and all of the waiting we do!

Katie Ganshert said...

Ah, yes, waiting. Sigh. Nobody likes it. At least I don't think so. But you're so right. It's a part of life. My favorite verse, one I have to repeat to myself quite often is simply: Be still and know that I am God. It calms me when I chant it in my mind. :) If I chanted it out loud,, I might freak some people out. Which could add a little entertainment to my waiting.

Heather Sunseri said...

Love this, Krista! Waiting and worrying - both biggies for me from the Bible that I'm no good at. Father, forgive me. I'm trying.

Black Friday is not my thing. Definitely a test of patience.

Krista Phillips said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't care for waiting...

But I gotta say, I thought you all would flip out at the thought of my 8 hour weight for deal or no deal... the half hour for Black Friday was easy compared to that! LOL

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I think so much of the "meat of life" is in the wait. It is prime learning time.
~ Wendy

Andrea said...

We learn and grow during those seasons of wait. We become stronger individuals.
Blessings and hugs, andrea

Marybeth Poppins said...

And what a moral that is!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Yahoo! Thanks, Krista. I'm looking forward to lots of great reading this winter. :)

I'm waiting right now for a job. I know the Lord has something in mind for me.

Blessings,
Susan

Susan R. Mills said...

Waiting can be so hard, but you are right; it's part of life.

Valerie said...

I'm waiting for December 8th to come around to see if I'm carrying just one baby or twins. :) I'm trying to be patient, but Oh Em Gee, it's hard.

You didn't tell me about Deal or No Deal, KP!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Waiting is so hard--but like you said Biblical. I think waiting is such a struggle because our culture is set around immediate gratifications.

Congrats to Susan!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Haha! That's awesome! Congrats, Susan!

Great post, Krista! I'm glad you survived Black Friday! And what a great analogy!

CMOM Productions said...

Lessons in patience and waiting seem to be in abundance these days! :) I'm glad you got what you were looking for this past weekend. I did my Black Friday shopping online and got 1 of 2 items that were on our list. However, the item we did not get turned out to be a blessing because we found an ever better gift for that person! I was grateful that we decided to roll with it and be patient and wait for another good deal.

Cindy said...

Congratulations to Susan!

You make a great point about waiting, Krista. Sometimes there are things in life we think we want but we need to pray about them to see if they're right, if they're what we should be waiting for. And if they are, then we need to dig deep for that patience and wait with grace. Thanks for the post!

Diane said...

I'll just call you patience builder.... great post and the waiting until the end for the winner was classic! :O)

Hope to see you over at my new blog home www.dianeestrella.com

Cassandra Frear said...

Good thoughts -- make sure the wait is right before committing to it.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

COngrats, Susan!!

You are so right about the waiting and making sure it's worth it first.

T. Anne said...

You really spoke to me Krista. Thank you. BTW, glad you got some good deals ;)

Terri Tiffany said...

You sound like such a fun person who is willing to go that extra mile!! I always come up with a ton of reasons why not to do something--like getting up early. I think it is cool you applied for Deal or no Deal!!

Natalie said...

Oh yes, we writers do a lot of waiting. Waiting can be a good thing as long as we're actually doing something while we wait. :)

Georgiana said...

Waiting--UGH!!! It only gives me time to get weirded out with my expectations. LOL, I have to get retrained, but I don't think I want to pray for more patience.

How fun to audition for a game show!!! That really is a cool story.