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Today was more of the same old, hanging out online, checking emails, reading, chatting with my mom, waiting for the clouds to clear and the sun to poke through –which it did, and for a change –waiting for the telephone/internet guy to come sometime after 8am. He showed up around 3pm and was here about an hour. He is pretty confident everything is fixed and going to work well now but only time will tell and he said he would follow up in a few days.

Have you ever had to wait for someone all day like that? I must’ve checked the time every ten minutes feeling like hours had passed without him arrival. Feelings of being forgotten about or missed ran through my head and then I would look and it was only noon. Time stood still.

I am a stay at home mom and my kids are in school so really the day should have been pretty basic and like any other but that added intrusion of the wait really wore me out and wore on my nerves. I had to dig deep and be patient, after tweeting the company for being slow, which I did {hopefully} rectify when I tweeted them thanking them for their service and for the thorough job that their technician did.

As Christians though, aren’t we always in a time of wait or of counting? Waiting for the second coming and wondering at every turn if this is it, if the signs we are seeing are in fact Biblical. Waiting as we count down the days to Christmas through Advent, then to Easter through Lent and so on. When you add in back to school, weekends, schools out, holidays, and other things we are always waiting, always counting and planning and never truly mastering patience because if we were practicing the virtue of patience we wouldn’t need to do the counting or have an emotional response to whatever is coming next, we would humbly live each day the way we live every day and simply trust in God’s timing rather than in that of our clocks and calendars. We would probably even realize we are enjoying things a whole lot more.

Yet, even as that stay at home mom it is impossible to toss the clock and live by feel alone because the world is a scheduled place and we have to plan for what comes even though we know that God always provides.

His provision and my laziness can often go hand in hand, I can easily say that I don’t need a garden or to go to the store for food because God will provide, and while it is doubtful we would starve to death God IS providing for us by giving us the ability to grow food and the money to pick up groceries and even if we don’t have the money He has given us social services that will help us get through the thick of it.

The ant and the grasshopper has always been a wonderful parable, both secular and biblically speaking. The grasshopper is out and plays all the time and then finds comes winter that there is no food stores and the ant worked all summer –hard, and has an abundance.

I don’t want to be either. I want to be a beautiful hybrid of the two. I want to work when I need to and enjoy life at the same time. I don’t want all work and no play or all play and no work. God created me to be a balanced being and when I lean too far one way it topples everything else over.

Do you relate to the ant or the grasshopper? Are you always in a phase of waiting? Some days it feels like I am an airplane set in a holding pattern, waiting… just waiting.

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