Usually by this time of year we are in full bloom...but not this year. We had a pretty harsh winter and although it's not surprising that we are behind, it is disheartening. Even though we have to wait a bit longer than usual, I'm finding JOY in the waiting. I know what's in store for when the beauty of spring arrives, and it's worth waiting for.
I'm not very eloquent when it comes to expressing my thoughts, but I'm learning a lot lately about waiting. In a society that is obsessed with immediacy, it's hard but so good to wait. Do you ever rush into decisions and then wish you had just taken a little more time to think about the situation? I do, but I'm learning to take my time and think through everything. I need to slow down and wait, and because it's not part of our society, I actually need to practice waiting.
I often see my kids in the kitchen about an hour before dinner looking for something to snack on.
Usually I tell them they need to wait because dinner is coming and (hopefully) it's worth waiting for. It's good to feel hungry and have to wait a bit. It's good to get into the slowest checkout line and have to wait. It's ok to miss the traffic light and have to wait through an entire cycle.
Personally I'm using this time of Lent to slow down and wait. As much as I want spring to be blooming here, I'm grateful for this visual and very real reminder for me to wait.