Do you often feel like your whole life is one entire lesson in patience?
You wait in your mommy’s belly to be born.
You wait to take your first steps, to go potty all by yourself, to have your first day of school, to ride your bike without training wheels.
My big can’t wait to turn 5 because he wants to chew gum.
You wait for the day you get your driver’s license. Till you graduate. Till you turn 21. Until you get married. Until you have kids. Until you buy a house. Until you are an empty-nester.
My life has definitely been a long waiting period. Let’s just speed things up till my 30s. I had gotten my dream admin job. Then I got my dream writing/creative job. Then, shortly into my dream job, I met my husband. I was 34. Most of my friends were married. I still wasn’t. And I’d quit praying those prayers about finding my spouse. I was enjoying being single.
Thankfully, we didn’t need to wait long to get married or to have kids. But, already, I want them to be older so we can travel more, to be potty trained, or to be in school – without losing the swing time at the local park.
We are also in a time of waiting for restoration and news on a job. I’ve learned a lot in waiting. I can’t speed it up. I can’t do anything by worrying about it. Some would say I’ve gotten cynical and jaded, and may be I’ve in some ways about some things. But, I also know that life is out of my hands, and God has bigger, perfect hands.
Ann Swindell, in her book Still Waiting, does a masterful job of sharing with us not only her journey in waiting for healing, but also uses her sanctified imagination to bring the story of the bleeding woman (in the gospels) to life. I will never read that short narrative about her the same again.
When I was telling my husband about her book I was crying by the time I finished telling him of all the inner turmoil that the woman must have known. How her life was eaten up with shame and loneliness.
So, let me encourage you, no matter what stage of waiting you are in, you can learn truths about others and the gospel and yourself in this book. Ann is a skilled writer and storyteller and is authentic and real about boasting in the Gospel.
Thanks Tyndale for the book. All opinions are my own.