Waiting is inevitable.
What we do with it is a choice.
Already this morning, I found myself waiting before I could go have “before-surgery-prayer” with someone at the hospital. Then on the way home, I had to stop for a school bus loading a dozen children.
Waiting is not only inevitable, it is inconvenient—we always seem to be waiting when we’d rather be doing something else.
So what can we do while we wait?
We can read. We can pray. We can sing. We can pace (getting steps is always a good thing). We can talk to the others who are waiting around us.
These are the productive things we can do.
But we can also stew, grouse, complain, belly-ache, whine, and generally make everyone around us as miserable with the inconvenience as we are.
I know these things are options, because I’ve gone there way too many times myself.
Tucked away in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he makes reference to “redeeming the time” (5:16). This echos the Old Testament prayer of the Psalmist: “Teach us to use wisely all the time we have (Psalm 90:12).”
So how will you use your time, especially your waiting time, today?
May we all come to productive and wise usage…we’ll be happier for it…and God will be pleased.