Can we wait with grace? I wonder sometimes since we all have experiences in having to wait on or for something. We wait in line at the grocery store and get impatient when suddenly we see the person in front doling out fifty dollars in coins, mainly pennies and nickles. (I can hear the foot tapping just typing it)
We wait for traffic lights and get frustrated when the car behind blasts their horn because we didn’t move fast enough when the light turns green. “Why haven’t I heard if my manuscript was accepted?” And oh, what about waiting for medical test results to come back? “Is my thyroid okay?” “I sure hope that ‘big C’ biopsy comes back benign” while we chew our finger nails up to the elbow. “What’s taking so long just to let me know what my blood counts are?” I did that many many times when my late husband was in the hospital for long periods of time. Waiting for medical results can be very trying!
Waiting can be frustrating and exasperating. Another example is waiting on the Lord. Oh how we can get so frustrated and even doubt that the Lord will answer our prayers, or even heard them. He says that we are to continue with whatever witnessing, Bible study, or whatever as we wait, but that isn’t always easy.
You’ve probably been waiting to see if I have given up writing on this blog. Well, I’ve been waiting, too. I’ve said for some time that I can write an entire novel in less time than it takes to get one published and out to the public. That is if the publisher I have chosen is a legitimate upstanding publisher and not one of the “glorified print shops” that print your book in six weeks and then never lift a finger to do anything else other than send you a barrage of e-mails wanting you to buy this, that, or the other.
Yes, I am waiting to receive my copy of the finished Amy’s Quest, my new novel. I don’t remember exactly how long it took me to write it but I guarantee it was not ten to twelve months!
It has gone to the printers and when I get my copy I have to read it, check the cover , look for any mistakes I may need to have changed (at an added charge at this point) and then approve everything. Once that is done then I wait again for it to be released to the public. Then wait for the book to be put on Kindle, etc, wait for the trailer, … It seems it’s never ending waiting.
I’m having to restrain myself because I’m wanting to e-mail my publisher and say, “Will you get with the program? It didn’t take me this long to write it!”
But, of course I won’t. The frustration, and yes the excitement of seeing the finished product is beginning to get to me a little bit. Patience, Cass. It takes time, and I have to remind myself of that almost daily now.
So as we wait we must do what we can to tap down the feelings of fear, frustration, and impatience. I think I’m doing a pretty good job of the impatience part for now.
What is your “pet” waiting experience that sends you close to the edge?
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