I have a confession: I don’t like to wait.
What is it about us millennials? Or maybe it’s not you and just me, but patience is a virtue and I most definitely don’t have it. When someone says wait — whether it’s 1 minute for the Internet to load, 1 hour spent sitting in traffic, 1 week waiting for an email reply, or 1 year for say … healing of a sickness, a dream to come true, a situation to turn around, a certain person to walk in – I find myself getting extremely antsy about the entire process. Wait? Me? No way – I want this and I want it now. So if I can’t have it now, I’ll just take something else instead, right? There’s something about the 21st Century and our “see it, buy it” mentality that has gotten me all out of whack. The idea of “now” most definitely seems way more appealing than waiting on God’s perfect timing.
One of the many lessons I’ve learned over the past year or two is the waiting game. A lot of young girls ask me “What piece of advice do you have for girls trying to start a business?” My answer? “Patience.” Often the reply I receive is, “Oh for sure! So what else?”
Haha — I can tell it usually stirs some sort of uncomfortable feeling in those asking, because, of course! We want it and we want it nowwwww (you can hear me crying this in a very high-pitched and whiny voice right now). I can argue with my once young impatient self and remind her that – if things happened in the timing I had wanted them to, everything would be one large, unorganized, immature, makes-me-stressed-out-thinking-about-it mess.
In the middle of growing up, I’ve found that we really (really!) will get there when we are meant to get there – not one moment sooner, not one moment later. Instead of rushing things that need time to grow, my current ambition is to be grateful for and during my waiting seasons. Have I conquered this? Absolutely not! But I can at least acknowledge the fact that I will constantly find myself waiting in certain stages of life, and that these pauses are 100% put there to prepare us for the best that is yet to come. There is no need to rush, no need to back out, so don’t fuel any those tempting thoughts of giving up (yes they will come, and no, you don’t have to listen). Timing is everything, and God is always on time.
In the middle of that very uncomfortable waiting stage, you will find yourself becoming stronger, and you will find yourself molding into the only person who can truly handle what’s waiting for you on the other side. Part of the struggle (and key) to finding patience is simply being thankful in the mess, for everything falls apart before it falls together. Do you, too, have a hard time when things are put on pause? Chat with me below, XOXO