Since my last post I've returned to Brisbane Australia and am busy working with The Initiative Production Company as a Production Designer. My time at home was good, I got to spend a lot of time with my family, which was something they and I needed a great deal.
It was also a time of trials and great lessons. Due to unforeseen delays in the processing of my visa, I had to wait to return to Australia. I didn't know if I'd wake up the next day to an email telling me that I had gotten my visa or if I'd be waiting for months. I had time for everything and nothing at the same time.
Being in a position of waiting, and one in which you can do nothing to speed up the process, can make you restless, frustrated and confused. This made me realize that I am part of a generation that actively avoids waiting.
We have build a society in which we don't have to wait for meals to be cooked, where we can buy anything no matter the season, where a world of knowledge is accessible in seconds on our smart phones that we carry everywhere so we don't get bored. We have become a culture that exalts instant gratification.
But then I read stories of the greats and am faced with a completely different culture... Jacob waited patiently for 7 years to marry the love of his life, David waited 15 years to become King, Jesus waited 30 years to start his ministry Moses waited 40 years in the desert and Abraham waited 100 years to have a child... These men did incredible things but they all had to wait for the right timing.
My point is, sometimes there is a reason that we wait. Waiting reveals our true motives, it builds patience, perseverance and anticipation. Waiting transforms our character and strengthens our faith.
I found that at the end of my time in Denmark my desire to get back to work and to invest in relationships here in Australia had grown and I had become more at peace and grown in patience. My family was grateful that I had been there those extra months because they needed me. All of this would not have happened if I got my visa when I wanted it.
I believe that if we don't allow ourselves to wait we become impatient, our attention span grows shorter, we lose context and perspective and become more easily distracted from the important things in life.
My challenge to you is to not be afraid to wait. Instead of growing restless, frustrated, angry or avoiding waiting altogether I challenge you to embrace it. If what you are waiting for is of great value it is worth the wait and chances are that you won't be ready for it unless you wait.
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