Waiting rooms – I am certain – are made to break you.
They are forced moments where life seems endlessly suspended.
You have no control over what is happening wherever you are, and you have no insight into what awaits on the other side.
Some people are good at waiting…
They spend their time being productive –
or better yet – resting – relishing the time to be quiet and at peace.
But others worry while they wait.
They twist their hands…
Or bounce a knee…
But almost everyone has a point where the waiting becomes restlessness and restlessness turns into anxiety.
God is fond of waiting:
Just ask the Israelites wandering in circles in the desert…
Or Hannah waiting for Samuel…
Or Jacob working for Rachel…
Or Jesus waiting to begin His ministry that would change the world.
How do you wait?
Do you fret?
Do you bounce a knee?
Or wring your hands?
Is your focus on what is on the other side of the waiting?
Are you productive?
Do you use each minute (or day) (or month) (or year) to attend to other matters?
Do you spend it in reflection?
Do you spend it preparation?
Or better yet…
Do you spend it resting?
Do you spend it praying?
Do you know deep in your soul that God – as Bethany Dillion croons so eloquently:
“…can do more in [your] waiting…
than in [your] doing [you] could do.”
Rest in the waiting.
Take a deep breath and relax into it.
That is the goal.
That is the pinnacle.
That is wisdom.
That is beauty.
That is trust.
Yes, waiting rooms are made to break you:
They are made to break you of your will..
They are made to break you of your way…
to bring you to His.