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What Are You Waiting For?-by Heidi McLaughlin

Posted: July 12, 2020

How many times have you heard: “We were going to ….and then Covid .” For months we’ve had constant disappointments and spent a lot of time waiting for something new and wonderful to happen. Waiting for our hair appointment, our favourite store to open its doors, waiting for our first hug and news of when borders will open again.

Waiting can be difficult especially when we’re constantly disappointed.

  I’m tired of waiting for something to happen, I want to enjoy the sweetness of these long-awaited summer days.  If the familiar and comfortably predictable pathways are blocked, we have to find new ways to venture forward.  What are you waiting for?

While golfing with a friend this morning we talked about our present tumultuous world. I shared a verse that I’ve found extremely comforting and allows me to enjoy each day.  “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take are of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” (Matthew 6:34 TLB).

We need to learn to live one day at a time.

You and I can’t change our present culture and the only thing we can change is ourselves. Wishing something is different isn’t going to make it happen.  I can’t open the US/Canadian border to visit my son and his family. All my conferences for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. I can’t change that. 

So instead of waiting I am thanking.   Thanking God for every person or opportunity He puts into my life every day.  Thanking Him for the extra time to do unusual projects or just linger longer.  As I’m writing this blog I’m sitting on my downstairs patio surrounded by magnificent rose bushes.

I’m thankful for the beauty of summer.

 Waiting causes unnecessary anxiety without any productive results. Perhaps it’s time to pray the serenity prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” (Reinhold Niebuhr).

Let’s not forget to be thankful for today, because tomorrow…?  Well only God knows.



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