Friday, January 25, 2008

"The Waiting Place"

Several times over the past year, we have had the occasion to consider the "state of waiting". Do we wait with anxiety, fear, encouragement, hope, or expectancy -- or at times, all of these emotions? It really does have a lot to do with one's state of mind while waiting that determines how the time will be spent.

A dear friend and colleague died this year, and for him, time went all too quickly, I'm sure. On the other hand, for Amy & Christopher - waiting on little Nathan to be with them - time has gone at a snail's pace. Whether we are waiting for a new job to come our way, waiting to get married and start a new life together, waiting on a home improvement project to be completed, waiting to graduate after long hours of studying, OR perhaps waiting to make a very important decision (that is called procrastination sometimes) --- this thing called "waiting" is difficult, at best.

I was watching the movie, "Fracture", several weeks ago, and the Dr. Seuss book, "Oh the Places You Go", was read outloud to a woman in a coma. This is an excerpt from the book:

Do you dare stay out?
Do you dare go in?
How much can you lose?
How much can you win?
And if you go in, should you
turn "left" or "right"?
Or right and three quarters or maybe not quite.
You can get so confused that
your starting's erased.
Down long wiggled roads at a breakneck pace,
And grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
Headed, I fear, to a most useless place:
"The Waiting Place"
For people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go,
For a bus to come,
For a plane to go,
For the mail to come,
For the rain to go,
or the phone to ring,
For the snow to snow.
Waiting around for a "yes" or a "no".
For a string of pearls or a pair of pants,
For wiggly curls or
another chance.***

For those of you still waiting for something -- don't forget that there is ONE thing we should not wait on any longer. Don't wait to give a word of encouragement to someone, to make a contribution to someone else's life, to listen, and to lend a helping hand.

One of the most encouraging things I have seen throughout this adoption process that Amy and her family have experienced is the overwhelming support that these parents give to each other. What a loving community. They are all waiting for their child(ren) to become part of their family, but they care about other families that are going through the same kind of experiences, as well. This has been such an inspiration -- and I am so glad that we have been able to know some of them personally.

*** (I apologize for any misphrasing or sentence structure - I was writing the words from the film script and did not have access to the actual book, "Oh the Places You Go".)

1 comment:

The Breedlove family said...

I love this book. Waiting is so difficult in life, but it truly is the place where we learn the most. We have to be still to learn things...still and listening. But, that is the hard part of waiting...the learning process can be so hard.