How do you respond when you are confronted with waiting?
Just the mention of that word used to make me cringe. I was never good at waiting. I would get anxious, lose sleep or feel that all-too-familiar pit in my stomach if I had to wait. Frankly, it’s only been in recent years that I’ve even learned there’s wisdom in waiting.
Every day we all have to wait. Sometimes it’s as simple as waiting for the coffee to brew, the elevator to arrive or the light to turn green.
But what do you do when the waiting entails the bigger decisions in life?
The chances are pretty good that you’re waiting for something today. Perhaps you’re waiting for:
- Your home to sell
- A job offer to be extended
- A child to change their behavior
- A test result from your doctor
- The judge’s decision on your court case
- A response from a prospective client
- Approval for a loan
- The answer to a prayer
- The pain to stop
Do you find it difficult to wait? Are you impatient?
I’ve learned to look at waiting from a different perspective. I’m not saying I’ve mastered waiting, however, over the past couple of years I’ve learned a few things about waiting. And, I want to share them with you.
I’ve learned that wait isn’t a dirty, four-letter word. It’s an opportunity to Willingly Anticipate the Ideal Time. I’ve also discovered that making wise decisions often requires time–time to pray, discuss with a trusted friend or colleague, and weigh my options. Asking these three questions prior to making every important decision can help to alleviate making a poor decision:
- What will happen if I don’t make a decision?
- What will happen if I wait a day or two?
- What will happen if I do make a decision?
The answers to these questions may help you determine how quickly you need to make a decision and the potential ramifications. When anyone presses me to make a quick decision, that’s often a warning to WAIT. I take extra time before giving an answer. Few things are so critical that you must answer immediately.
I’ve also gained tremendous strength and patience when I meditate on this Simple Truth from Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Today if you’re facing a significant decision, make time to put pen to paper and answer these three additional questions before you decide:
- What additional information do I need to get?
- Who can serve as a sounding board, prayer partner and offer me wise counsel? Consider taking this person out for a coffee and talk through your options.
- What are the pros and cons to each of my options?
The next time you have to make a significant decision, remember there’s wisdom in waiting.