Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Waiting On (Fill-in-your-blank)


I understand patience is supposed to be a virtue, but it's clearly not one automatically encoded on our DNA.  And in my experience, the only people who do have patience are the ones who aren't in a season of waiting.  (Or people who just like to dish out advice.  I'm giving up on the advice circuit.  I have nothing to teach anyone about the virtue of patience.  Or weight loss.  And sometimes English.)

I get that patience is one of those developed skills--you know, if you do it over and over again, you finally get it down.  But what I wonder is why can't Jesus just ask us to take up smoking?  I'm pretty sure that's a habit I could develop much more easily.  Or running.  I might actually be better at running than waiting--which is totally putting this waiting thing into perspective.

But let's be realistic for a minute.  My real problem with waiting has nothing to do with waiting at all.  It has a lot more to do with my inability to be in the here and now.  I've posted about it before, but allow me to repeat the fact that I am no stranger to preoccupation.  (Or cookies.  I'm no stranger to cookies either.)

I have no idea how to "fix it," though.  I'm trying to take joy in the things I'm doing right at that very second, but let's face it, finding joy in a bowel movement just isn't normal.  Well, it might be normal for some people, but it's not something in which I typically find joy.

Sometimes there's just no focusing.  So I'm practicing the art of sharing those things with God and then trying to do what I need to do for that day. 

So far, I've graded several stacks of papers, put away laundry, stayed up to date on my Bible study and worked on a bit of lesson planning for the week.

I've gotten a lot done...which is proof that you can totally lose your mind and still function.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't give out advice on patience either! This post blessed me with a big laugh... I love the way you inject your humor. =)