What are you waiting for?
“Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams.”
– T. D. Jakes
I came across this lovely quote in Yi Xiu’s blog the other day. Interestingly, I got up at 7am this morning for no particular reason and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I decided to watch a movie which I taped some days ago from TV, called ‘The Terminal’. (When I told my sis that I watched it, she said: “Huh! Isn’t that a super long-ago show?”) Not knowing what to expect, I found that the movie which stars Tom Hanks had me laughing, thinking and feeling all at the same time. Ok, the plot is not fantastic, the acting is you-know-Tom-Hanks, but the central theme is so poignant for me at this moment — waiting. A lot of the show is about waiting: waiting for your next flight, waiting for peace to be restored, waiting for bureaucratic red-tape, waiting for your lover to page you, waiting for a dream to be fulfilled. And as Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character (who is hot, by the way =) mouths this words, “What are you waiting for?”, I can’t help but think that sometimes in our lives, we are just waiting. For our lives to begin.
“Life is so only-once, so single-chancish! It all depends on your arranging and synchronising it so that when opportunity knocks you’re right there waiting with your hand on the doorknob.”
– Sylvia Plath
So do we take life by the horns or do we stand and wait? How do we know when to do which? Will we always be fearing that life, love, opportunity will slip through the cracks of our hands? In one of Philip Yancey’s books, I remember reading that waiting is also growing; waiting is also loving; waiting is also serving.