You go to your phone, dial the number and "wait" for someone with whom you can speak.

Instead of an actual person answering on the other end of the line, you hear a recording with multiple choices from which you are to decide what is best for your situation. Often, none of the choices given have anything to do with your problem or inquiry, so you punch what you think is best and "wait" for the next set of instructions.

You go to the store, gather together all the items for which you went (often adding many more along the way) and go to the checkout lane. Of course there are only one, maybe two checkout people at the counters, so there you stand in long lines "waiting" to be served.

You are driving to school or work and suddenly you realize the line of vehicles in front of you are all stopped. An accident maybe; a stalled car; a deer crossing the road; someone with car problems; a red light. Who knows, but once again, you are "waiting" for the chance to move ahead and get to your destination.

Children so excited and anxious for Christmas they can hardly "wait" for the day to come! But it will eventually come. They just need to learn to "wait."

"Waiting" isn’t an easy thing for most of us. We have schedules to keep, places to go, things to do, and no time set aside for being delayed. Being organized and efficient is time saving and extremely helpful, but there are times in our lives that we need to just sit back, take a deep breath, relax, be patient, and "wait."

Procrastination is one thing. "Waiting" patiently is another. Can you imagine the amounts of stress you would prevent if you were to "wait" more? Less heart attacks. Less heartaches. Less headaches. Less physical problems of all kinds. Patience is a virtue and God given. When we are willing to "wait" upon the Lord, He will renew our strength and give us the wisdom we need to achieve our goals and the joy that goes along with the tasks at hand.

Audrey B. Unruh is a local columnist, who can be reached at zwiebach@charter.net

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