It’s not easy to be in the waiting season. Think about it; most people, especially of this generation, want quick things. By the way, that includes me.
We, sometimes, neglect priorities because we feel we have everything it takes to be where we are supposed to be. However, that is not always case as every time we get to the other side, we notice that the wait was worth it.
Everybody has been in a waiting period once in their life. It’s not a sweet experience; in fact, it is so easy to give up than to continue to wait for something that does not look like it’s going to happen.
The story of 10 virgins
If there is a story that opens our eyes to understand the purpose of waiting, is this particular one. It differentiates various people in the waiting bay and classifies the individual as either wise or foolish. The wise made a decision- make sure that you underline decision– not to have lamps alone. They went further to buy some oil for their lamps.
The foolish ones, on the other hand, refused to invest. Again, underline the word invest. Mostly, that is who we become when we do not understand that waiting is another way to fund your future. Investing means, you’ll have to spend time doing something constructive as you wait.
Joseph’s story is another instance where we can draw our inspiration as we wait. He could explain Pharaoh’s dream in detail. He was able to separate the two seasons that the then Superpower, Egypt, would go through. In the first season, there would be plenty of food. They were expected to keep the extra food for the season that would come next, which was famine.
You see what you do, now, in the season of waiting determines whether your next season will be a success, or not. Here are some things you should do when in a waiting season.
- Do not settle for less or safe
You’ll likely meet other reasons to stop waiting for the main course. I once visited a good friend of mine from Uganda. In fact, we were a bunch of friends, and she decided she was going to spoil us.
When we arrived, she gave us some cookies and tea. We thought that was it. Therefore, we ate as if it was the main meal. Then she tells us in a soft Ugandan accent, “You’ve finished. It’s okay; lunch is about to get ready.”
That wasn’t funny. We all stared at each other in dismay. I mean, we did not know that there was rice, a lot of meat (and I mean a lot), chapattis, fruits, the list is endless. For me, I think we missed it.
In short, do not stop waiting for whatever it is that you want. Let patience do its perfect work.
- Prepare for the next season
You remember that verse that talks about time and season being in the hands of God. That is what you should know and lean on. Then, do you also remember also that a thousand days is like one day to God?
I do not mean to discourage you, no. One season can take years. I had to learn that myself. God keeps you in a season until He finds you ready for what is next. The foolish virgins had to wait for the next season, if there was, to get to the next level of their life.
So, brace yourself and start preparing for what is coming. Deal with things/characters that you no longer need, and begin building foundations for what is to come. That’s why one will get a job and will get promotion as soon as the individual settles, while others have to wait because of their different level of preparedness.
Give the season you are in your best. You’ll be shocked at what will come next.
- Pursue excellence
I live by this mantra. If I can’t do it, then that wraps it up. Some may find it to be somehow weird, but I always want to give my level best when I start something.
When I pursue excellence, it means that I’m looking forward to the best gift. I do not learn things for that particular season only; I ensure that I will take what I learn in that time for years.
Every time you go to a hotel and order your food, expect the following. If it came quick, then it was easy to prepare, less expensive, and may not even taste that good. On the other hand, if the order took some time to be ready, then it is expensive, well prepared, and is delicious. It lacks nothing.
Therefore, for those people who ask for nyama choma and complain because the waiter is delaying, stop that bad habit. You may force them to give you something that is not ready.
Now, I want you to use this principle while waiting on God.
- Go an extra mile
The waiting season is the best season for stretching yourself. By extending, I mean, going a step further, unlike others.
Ruth would always collect sheaves at a lower wage. But isn’t it shocking that she was the only one that Boaz noticed?
Be different. When your friends are busy going the other way, the destructive way, take the other route. As in, be unique. Sacrifice if you have to, get new friends, and learn as much as you have to in that particular season.
Many people compare themselves to others. Stop doing that. However, what I would advise you to do is to use their stories to pick out vital principles that can work for you.
Remember that all our stories are different and write your own story.