Sweet to shriek

As I sat at the Doctor’s reception earlier
this week, alongside me in the reception were a few people
that included a lady with her two children – a baby girl and
a toddler. As the wait got longer the toddler got more
restless and really started playing up. It was a drama that
embarrassed the mum, yet attracted few of us in the
reception – for different reasons.The toddler started first by being very
nice to her mum and baby sister. She mentioned the fact that
she wanted to give her sister a kiss, she was so sweet! mum
allowed it and it all looked so nice. She then went on to
take her seat like a sweet and well mannered young girl.
Within 2 minutes she got restless and started questioning
mum on when they would be called by the doctors. Less than
another minute later, she asked the mum if she could sit on
mums lap. Mum welcomed her but equally warned her that she
needed to settle down –  She then went all sweet again
with… ‘mum, I love you!’ All of us in the waiting room
looked at her with so much emotion; some, (the
inexperienced) almost envying mum for having such a sweet
toddler, and some of us, (the experienced) knowing that the
situation can easily degenerate if not managed despite the
sweetness of the toddler.

After a few minutes, the young girl
looked again at mum and said, I really want to go in to the
doctors now, I don’t want to wait anymore. To which mum
said ‘you have to wait your turn.’ She looked mum
straight in the eyes and said ‘I don’t want to wait
again mum’. This time around she raised her voice a notch
and showed a crumpled face. Again, mum warned her sternly,
to which she responded with, ‘mummy, I love you and a can
I have a cuddle please.’ Once more hearts melted towards
her. That drama/ cycle  went on for a short while and
every time the toddler is not having her way, she gets worse
in her tantrum and as mum attempts to set her in order, she
turns to the manipulation of displaying love so she can be
allowed to do what she wanted.

As I watch this drama unfold between a
now stressed mum and this restless toddler( no longer sweet)
who had now gone from making everyone smile and laugh into
shrieking which made everyone cringe – I started thinking
beyond this little one and our varying reactions in the
waiting room of life. The adults around were equally
frustrated with the wait, but were managing theirs by
getting occupied and doing something else; reading
newspapers, texting, checking phones etc. All in all,
everyone was experiencing delays and the wait wasn’t
exciting. We however showed or managed our displeasure in
different ways.

The bible had examples of many people
that have had to wait for things, and like the doctor
surgery waiting room, there were varied reaction to the
waiting. Some murmured, grumbled, blamed, cried, abandoned,
created alternatives and so on.

But the bible says

Be still before the Lord, and WAIT
PATIENTLY for Him to act. Don’t worry when people success
in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7

From this scripture above, it is clear
that there will likely be a period of waiting and
there  is also a way to wait for God. Wait for God
patiently. We do that because we have an assurance that He
will always come through for us and act on our behalf.

What we should always avoid however is
looking around at others who seem to be having ‘the
success’ of that moment. The toddler got more restless as
the others in the waiting room were called and every time
that happened to others, she threw more tantrum asking mum
‘why not us! ‘ she turned from sweet to shrieking…
because she had to wait!

Remember if you are waiting for a
promise of God today,  it’s always great to wait for
Him patiently, because when He delivers, He delivers fully,
completely and beyond your imaginations. One more scripture
on this all important topic….

Wait patiently for the Lord, be brave
and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm

God is on your side!

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