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Watch While We Wait

"Wait" was my daughter's favorite word while she was under my care. Waiting seems to be the hardest thing many of us can do. We don't want to wait; we want to participate.

My daughter was always very methodical in her actions; she didn't toddle and fall. She waited and watched until she felt sure that she had figured out this walking thing. She then got up and walked up our driveway. I wasn't asked or expected to participate in her efforts. I was simply to wait while she did it herself. Women have a long history of waiting. We must use our waiting time productively watching and learning.

When my first grandchild was born, she was a very hyper-aware baby. She was extremely excitable; I say that she moved like a little ferret. I took great delight in seeing and hearing her hearty laughter. When she was fussy, my way was to try to "cheer her up." My daughter would envelop her in her bosom and say to me, "Mama, stop. Wait. She needs down time, not more excitement." I would watch my daughter absorb all her daughter's anxiety into herself as the baby drifted off to sleep. It was beautiful to behold, but I had no participation on the process.

We want everything to happen on our own time, not in eternal time. Often, especially in relationships, all we are asked to do is wait and watch. The Sacred Spirit is a state of being, not a series of actions. We want to go out and infect people with it, but it is usually best to simply wait. Opportunities to share The Sacred Spirit will come to us, just as plants grow toward the sun and animals draw near to a source of warmth emanating from each other.

We women must exercise our ability to watch and wait for the impulses of The Sacred Spirit in us before we act.

Comments

Wendyiscalm's picture

Good article

Hi Y

This is a good "reminder" article. For me the challenge has always been when to wait and whe to step up to the plate and act. But I'm begininning to get it together.

Ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Y's picture

Dear Wendy We will always

Dear Wendy
We will always find ways to err, but in relationships of trust, we will be told when to step back and when to act.

Blessing so you for the patience to wait and the courage to act.
Y

Y

ola.mahadi's picture

we need to wait

Very true that we might sometime need to wait and our only action that can make diffrent is to wait and learn.
Thank you for sharing this article
Stay well
Ola

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Y's picture

Thank you, Ola. We can only

Thank you, Ola. We can only make a difference once we understand what is already happening.
Blessings to you and your efforts,
Y

Y

Wendyiscalm's picture

Hi

Hi Y

I have seen all of your frquent articles and have read them with great interest. Thank you for putting yourself out there. Although people do not always respond, they read them often and I know your articles are a big help.

Thank you.

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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