By: Page Olsen
Being content in the waiting is tough, isn’t it?
While I wouldn’t consider myself a planner per se, I like to know the end goal and the final result before I even begin the process. Because I’m a bit of a worrier, it’s hard for me to live patiently, not knowing what the future holds. Almost everybody comes to a time in their life where they have to wait to take the next step, whether it’s waiting for a job, an acceptance letter, or just general guidance on what to do next. Even in the times where we are busy, we can still feel like we haven’t found our life calling. I, for one, don’t love that feeling.
One of my favorite quotes is, “When God closes a door, praise Him in the hallway.” While we can interpret this quote in a few different ways, a general way to look at it is as a message to embrace and give thanks for the waiting stage. I find this difficult, but have tried remembering a few things in order to find contentment and even joy in this time.
Waiting doesn’t mean inactivity. Even when we don’t know exactly what we should be doing, we can still set short term goals and work intentionally.
The waiting stage gives us a lot of freedom. With fewer set in stone obligations, we can search out and embrace new opportunities. There’s something exciting about endless possibilities for our future.
We don’t have to put pressure on ourselves to have it all figured out. It’s easy to get self-critical for not having a clear direction, but give yourself some grace. Even if you “have no idea what you’re doing with your life,” it’s okay. More people than you know are in your exact situation.
I’m not trying to say that it isn’t tough, because it is. But take practicing patience and embracing the waiting as a great opportunity to grow and build character. There’s a sense of accomplishment coming through a difficult time knowing that you were able to find some joy and contentment in it. Though there are times when God closes doors, and we may feel disappointed, there’s plenty of joy to have in the hallway.