woman question marks - smallWritten by: Amber Miller

“The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.”

“Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.”

-Dr. Seuss, “Oh! The Places You’ll Go”

When I was in grade 5, I desperately wanted an electronic organizer. When I first saw it advertised in a scholastic catalog, I begged my parents for it. I argued that it was more than a sleek new “toy” for me to play with. I saw it as a tool I needed to help me remember my assignments. In the Franciscan spirit of simplicity, my parents told me to use what I already have: my school agenda.

Did I really need that electronic organizer? No, I didn’t. But at the time, I saw it as the perfect solution to my poor work ethic. Deep down, I knew that the problem wasn’t with the agenda book, but with me. I needed to change my habits, practice discipline, and work hard—even if that meant risking total failure. Instead, I blamed my circumstances, thinking, “if only…” I justified “just getting by” academically, convincing myself that the key to success was well beyond my grasp.

The Waiting Place is where people wait for their circumstances to change without trusting that their circumstances will change.

“NO! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying.”

I remember hearing a story of a lost soul who begged God for a little faith. That person heard God’s silent response: “Do now what you would do if I granted you this faith and you will have it.”

Let us not sit around waiting for snow, or Uncle Jake, or a pair of pants. Let us not put off our growth for another moment. Oh, the places He’ll take us, if we trust Him with our first leap of faith!

Speaking of which, it’s Rosary time.

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