Waiting used to be about as easy to me as sprouting wings and flying. Maybe it would have just been easier for me to fly. I have never been good at waiting. Waiting in lines, at red lights, waiting to open presents, waiting to give presents, waiting for my husband to get home from work, waiting for me to get off work, waiting for payday, waiting just seems to take forever.
I am trying to be better about the wait. Namely, the two week wait. I sit here now, on the last day of this particular wait, just waiting. Impatient. Nervous. Hopeful, endlessly hopeful, even after all these years. This could be the end of the wait, and I never lose hope. Ever. And though I remain hopeful, it still hurts when another cycle goes by without my prayers being answered.
Why do I have to wait so long? Why does everything seem to be a sign? Why do I lift my hopes so high so that they would crash like a plunging elevator in a high rise building? Especially when I would tell myself every month that I would be patient this time, that I would get through this?
It’s called hope. No matter what, no matter the situation, no matter the odds, there is always hope. Without hope, we would be lost. To hope is to be brave, to use imagination, to envision things to come, and things to be. Hope is vital to human life, and the more you have, the stronger you become.
Picturing what will be, builds hope in the wait. Whatever you are waiting for, use your hope to visualize the outcome. Imagine the end result daily, use your hope and imagination to relax. There is nothing wrong with distractions from life, to take your mind off what you are waiting for, but focusing on what you want in a positive manner may very well increase your chances of attaining that desire. Use your imagination to switch your brain from all the negativity that seems to creep in while you wait, and flip the script. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and picture your desired result until there is no more doubt. Even if your wait seems to go on and on, and there seems to be no end to the proverbial line you are waiting in, I assure you that you will get to the front, eventually. It may not be at the speed you initially thought, or by the method you imagined, but if you hold on to your hope and imagination through the disappointments and trials, nothing will stop you.
What are you waiting for? Hoping for? A promotion? The love of your life? A dream vacation? A baby? Healing? Whatever it may be, picturing your desired result on a regular basis will help you. It will lift your spirits, and is a handy tool to use before or after praying. Praying for a healthy, heart’s desire is more effective if you believe in what you are praying for. Thanking God for answering you, even if it hasn’t come to be quite yet, is positive praying and will yield positive results. Thanking before receiving requires hope, which builds faith.
Paul speaks about hope in the Bible, saying that we don’t hope for what we see, but what we don’t see. And that while we hope, we wait patiently for it.
God wouldn’t have put this healthy desire for something good in your heart if He didn’t want to give it to you! So use that hope! Build it up beautifully with your imagination, and use that picture to have faith, and ultimately the patience you need to wait expectantly for your prayers to be answered. Believe it, and see it with your mind. Before you know it, when the time is absolutely perfect, you will see it with your own eyes, and it will be all that you hoped for, and that much more.
Having faith and hope doesn’t mean there won’t be disappointments, or sadness. It just means that you are going to stay more positive in your wait, through your trials you are going to remain more optimistic, and you will be more perseverant. Positivity breeds positivity. Use positivity to bring out positive results. Positives for positives!
Waiting makes you stronger, gives you time to have everything prepared for your desired outcome, and helps you to encourage others going through similar situations. There is a purpose for it, and the lucky ones figure it out.
So the next time you’re waiting, and waiting and waiting….. Try distraction mixed with positive imagination. Get your mind off the wait and focus on the outcome. You can distract yourself with positive activities, and focus on your desired outcome at the same time. It’s way better than sitting around waiting for the days, hours, and minutes to quietly crawl by.
I like to write in my bible journal, and I clean weird things. Last week I cleaned the bottles of household cleaners that are under the kitchen sink. Pointless, but oddly satisfying, because I am just kind of strange sometimes. In my defense, some of the bottles were dusty, which I suppose means I don’t clean often enough?? So I’m either OCD or lazy, but probably a combination of both at different points, and on different days. Also, since I don’t always feel motivated, when a burst of cleaning energy (I call it go-go mode) hits me, I use it for all it’s worth.
The Bible journaling helps, because it feels so positively positive, especially when I hit on a particular verse that is speaking straight to my heart. I get new perspective and more stamina for my wait. I know God talks to me, to all of us, but sometimes my journaling just soothes any lingering doubts that maybe God is just too busy for me, which He’s absolutely not. And I love how amazing He is for showing me that, repeatedly.
And, if your schedule is too full for distractions, take a breather! You deserve a time-out. Take 15 minutes of your day, for yourself, and for God. Use it for positive visualization, and prayer. You deserve it, and God deserves your time. The laundry/groceries/work-email/fill-in-your-own-blank, will all be there for you when you’re done. I promise.
So the next time your impatience is spiraling out of control, or hurling down the highway like a runaway semi with faulty brakes, slow it down. Put to use your positive imagination for positive results, and distract yourself with positive activities. I call it my positive for positive formula. I use these positives to pray for myself, and others. God wants us happy, happy when we are hopeful, and especially when we are waiting. I like to think that trusting Him when things are uncertain, makes Him proud of us.
Take it from a patiently, impatient girl. This too shall pass.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.-
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.-
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.-