“When you are waiting you are not doing nothing. You’re doing something. You’re allowing your soul to grow up. If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.”
Sue Monk Kidd
When I first read this quote, in my early-twenties, I thought about waiting and how intentional I had to be to allow my “soul to grow up.” Now, more of a grownup in my early-thirties, I read this quote with much more excitement and anticipation.
In the midst of being a grownup, I still struggle with waiting and being content in waiting. But, I also have enough hindsight to be amazed with what a gift waiting can be. When I allow myself to wait, I see experiences, relationships, and opportunities arise that I would have never imagined. When I allow myself to wait, I am able to see the process and appreciate the time it takes for those unexpected gifts. When I allow myself to wait, I realize that things happen I never would have risked or dreamed of on my own.
Whenever I feel discontentment, discouragement, or fear of the unknown creep in, I need to remember to intentionally wait and be present in this moment of waiting.
Are you waiting for something?
Linked with Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday, a time to write without editing.
10 thoughts on “Nothing”
Beautifully written. Visiting from FMF. I’ll be waiting for your next post.
Thanks and welcome 🙂
Hi Annie – I am a five minute friday neighbor, thank you for your post. May you be blessed in your minutes of waiting, I am also in a place of waiting so may we be strengthened here! Aliyah http://www.setapartwarrior.blogspot.com
Praying as you wait… I like the image of strength as we wait.
Great reminder and very timely! Thank you.
Yes! To paraphrase Henri Nouwen, you are moving from something to something more!
Great quote, and great thoughts! It can be quite a test to have to wait, and yet the Lord grows us through our trust and dependence on Him. Looking forward to getting to know you better in our Grace Writers group!
Thank you! And, I’m looking forward to this group, too. Already amazed by the diversity.