“‘For a while’ is a phrase whose length can’t be measured. At least by the person who’s waiting.”
If ever waiting was a relevant topic of conversation, it’s now and I admit I’m using our current conditions to do a lot of waiting between limited interactions outside my “bubble” of friends and acquaintances. Today, I admit that I’m taking the opportunity to read while sitting out on the back deck, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A cup of tea in hand, I’m musing on the content of this week’s article as well as the chores I really should be doing. Backing up those thoughts is another quote I just read: “Hope of the future is not a licence for irresponsibility in the present.” (Max Lucado). If I interpret those quotes correctly, there are two different aspects to waiting.
First, things don’t always happen as quickly or how we’d like. I want COVID-19 to totally disappear by tomorrow evening. Obviously, that’s not going to happen, making that aspect of hoping quite insane. In all aspects of life, waiting is a key element. We wait for things too numerous to mention; but as cited, “For a while is an indeterminate length of time.” How long? I don’t know, nor do you.
As important for us to recognize that, it’s equally essential that we do not use periods of uncertainty to cop out of life. We may not have answers, but we will always have areas of responsibility. For some, they may be large, for others (including us seniors), they may be diminished, but each of us has a role God planned for us. It’s his promise that keeps us going.
“And it is he who will supply all your needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us.” Philippians 4:19 Living Bible