I can remember going on an interview for the Clark County School District, for the position of School Office Manager. At that time CCSD was known to be the fifth largest District in the country; I thought surely there would be an opening for me. I felt that I had the right combination of skills and that I would be a great asset… handling employee relations, acting as liaison between students, parents and principal, while managing the overall operation of the school office. After going on several interviews and learning more about the job, I decided perhaps my timing was off… I was in my early twenties and lacked the maturity and wisdom that I would need to handle the complex and sensitive issues that would arise daily. So I waited; I took a lesser role. Then over the years as I grew in wisdom and honed my skills, I decided it was time to interview again, and this time I nailed it. I became a successful manager. I contributed through my areas of gifting, received numerous awards and accolades, and the greatest being, an earned retirement… making the wait so worth it!
I’m reminded of a profound song, by Juanita Bynum, entitled “I don’t mind waiting”. At one point in my life these words were foreign to me, as I’ve continued to travel various roads throughout life, some of them bumpy and some of them smooth, I’ve learned to say “I don’t mind waiting.” While navigating my way through retirement, I’ve made several observations and adjustments. I’m more sedentary now than I’ve ever been; with that said, I’m more health conscious as well. I try and monitor the amount of time I’m sitting opposed to standing. I thought about purchasing an adjustable addition to my desk that would enable me to sit or stand while writing. Then another thought suddenly occurred… “How about I build something specifically for me”… Sooo I took measurements, then I went to Lowe’s and purchased supplies, then home to get started. Day by day I connected one piece of wood to the next piece; each day I wanted to “hurry” the process, as I was filled with excitement anticipating the end result. But there was no rushing it, I had to put patience to work, waiting until each piece was correctly placed and dried. Then at last, it was time for the final step. I painted my stand then placed it in the designated spot. For $19.39, a little patience, and a little skill, I have a custom stand made to match my decor. And…. I can enjoy writing and reading while maintaining healthy habits. Here it is…
It has been said… Anything worth having is worth waiting for!
Romans 8:25 – But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. (New Living Translation)