Finding Purpose in the Seasons of Life

In the Waiting!

Come, I invite you to a short but very thoughtful dialogue I had with a very close friend while sitting here lost in my thoughts. A friend, most of us, don’t like.

Me: I’ve wrestled with you for many years and never won. You’ve always taken the lead. It’s been a long ride with you.

Friend: Listen to me precious one. I’ve not been with you for nothing, I love you so much and desire for you to know me and learn my attributes. I help you build character, improve your personality and reason with your heart.

Me: You’ve asked me to stay in you, but I don’t know what you want to show or teach me this time around. Still, I’ll hold on.

Friend: My name is ‘Waiting,’ and though many don’t like me, I help them reason before making life-changing decisions. I’ve seen people ignored me just to run into disaster and turmoil.

Me: Yeah, you’re right. I’ve been in you for ages, and right now my mind is travelling through a long tunnel called memory lane, thinking of all the times I’ve heeded and allowed you take me through the process. I saw how beautiful the outcomes, and how painful my decisions of ignoring your gentle nudge. But now I want to make you my best friend, one I lean on each day.

Friend: I am glad you’ve seen my impact in your life and considering me a lifelong partner.

Me: Can I tell you something, my new friend? Some secrets I unlocked hanging unto you.

It’s in the waiting I learned how to wait
It’s in the waiting I knew how to cry
It’s in the waiting I understood how it feels to be ignored
It’s in the waiting I ran out of tears
It’s in the waiting I experienced what sleepless nights feel like
It’s in the waiting I learned how to shout in agony
It’s in the waiting I felt the pain of silence
It’s in the waiting I learned to listen even when no one was speaking
It’s in the waiting I saw my impatience
It’s in the waiting I learned how to pour out my soul

But it’s also in the waiting

I mastered how to depend completely
It’s in the waiting I’m broken to surrender
It’s in the waiting I saw my weakness and reactivated my vigour
It’s in the waiting I confronted my insecurities and defeated my fears
It’s in the waiting I turned my failures to opportunities
It’s in the waiting I collided with my hidden strength
It’s in the waiting I overcame anxiety and bet down worry
It’s in the waiting I conquered depression and birthed out freedom
It’s in the waiting I edited, fine-tuned and rewrote my story
It’s in the waiting I’m reminded to be still and know that I am not alone
Now in the waiting, I can hear the sound of my heartbeat as I smell and inhale the fresh air of new beginnings
It’s in the waiting I’m becoming the student ‘patience’ and gradually trusting to escalate to ‘perseverance’ and then the professor ‘HOPE’

Friend: Stay in there, don’t rush the wait, it is there for a reason. Whatever you’re waiting on, tarry ‘in the waiting.’ It may seem infinite, but it’s only for a while. Don’t cancel the experience.
I’ll leave you with this quote, ‘There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens.’

Me: Now back to you all. What is your waiting experience?

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