Waiting is not easy.
We live in a world where almost everything is instant and available, frozen food and ready meals, waitress service in restaurants, shuttle buses at car parks to airports, breakfast in a hotel. But when it isn’t available, we become impatient and frustrated, disgruntled and at times rude. Yet, there is no reason to be.
Waiting is a moment of beauty. To be still. To wait is to breathe. To wait is to savour the goodness of the world around us and the people doing their jobs. Let us take time to stop, to wait, to breathe.
Lord, breathe through the heats of our desire, and give us your coolness and balm. Let our senses be dumb and our flesh retire as your voice of calm speaks to us through the earthquakes, the wind and the fire.
(adapted from John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892)