One morning last month, I looked out my car window as I dropped my children off in front of their school. Directly in front of me was a bus stop with about 7-8 mamas gathered around in a circle, singing and dancing in unison while waiting on their next bus to arrive. It was such an amazing scene.
You may have to understand a little about the background of these mamas to understand why this was so amazing to me. It was 7:00 AM and these ladies were having a great time. They were using their idle minutes to rejoice instead of grumble. Most of them had probably been in commute to their job for at least an hour. Woken before the roosters. Walked kilometers to their bus stop and spent at least 20% of their daily wage to make it just to this particular stop, and they hadn’t even arrived to their final destination. I literally just sat there staring at them.
It was such a good lesson for me. I stink at waiting! In high school as I played sports, I typically stayed level headed while in the game. I didn’t get nervous. I remembered most all my plays. I enjoyed the game. It was when I was on the bench that I failed. I would overthink what was to come. I would go back and forth between wanting to go in the game or wanting to stay right where I was. I literally would make myself sick with nerves.
I haven’t really overcome this “sick while waiting” tendency that I have. I’m usually “all in” when I’m in the midst of the game. While on deputation, I mostly enjoyed it. While in South Africa, I love life and ministry. I don’t typically think about the bench or the next game. It’s the transition stage that gets me all out of whack. It’s the stage where things are changing that makes me edgy or want to hide in a cave. The lesson I learned from these amazing ladies was that even while waiting I can be productive. Even while waiting I can rejoice and enjoy life!
So at times when my house is in disarray from packing. When I’m transitioning from one phase to another. When you are waiting to hear from your job interview or for doctor’s results. When following God’s next chapter isn’t crystal clear or you are struggling while waiting to find your spouse, we can rejoice always.