As I wait for the opening of the CFC Kids for Christ International Kids Village here in Iloilo, let me just share a journal entry last April 28. :)
Scene 1 (Mission Medical Plaza)
Secretary: 230PM pa raw po darating si Dr. Alonzo. Willing to wait po?
Me: Yes. :)
Scene 2 (Jollibee)
Cashier: 10 minutes pa po sa Peach Mango Pie. Willing to wait po?
Me: Yes. :)
Scene 3 (Ideal Vision)
Optometrist: After 1 hour pa po makukuha yung glasses, Ma'am.
Me: Okay po. Hintayin ko na lang. :)
See, life is about waiting. You're either waiting for something (job, promotion, wedding proposal, etc.) or for someone. And there's always a certain agony in waiting. That's why I always offer the First Sorrowful Mystery (Agony in the Garden) for those who are still waiting - for married couples waiting for their own bundle of joy, for the unemployed waiting for that special "call", for exam-takers waiting for the results, for pregnant women waiting to give birth, for hard workers waiting for promotion, for businessmen waiting to earn back their investments, for victims of crimes waiting for justice to be served, for the farmers waiting to harvest what they have planted, for missionaries waiting to see the fruits of their labor, for single people, called for the married life, waiting for their lifetime partners.
Today, I experienced different sorts of waiting. And here's what I realized: I actually have a choice. In all those scenarios, I was asked if I was willing to wait. And I chose to wait. Why? Because I need to and I want to. If I didn't wait for Dr. Alonzo, I would have continued to suffer from the pain in my ear and the situation could have gotten worse. Yes, there are other ENT doctors but they're not available today and I couldn't afford to wait another day because I'll be flying to Iloilo for the KFC IKV and it wouldn't help if I am still bothered by this headache and ear pains. I chose to wait for the Peach Mango Pie because it's my favorite dessert in Jollibee (aside from the Strawberry Sundae). I won't lose anything if I didn't wait for it except the joy that comes from simply eating it. I could tell the optometrist that I couldn't wait for an hour for the replacement glasses but that would mean that I would have to live with poor eyesight and the headaches caused by eye strain. I would need to convince myself that my current glasses are still better than nothing but I know for a fact that they're no longer the correct grade.
Waiting, after all, is a good thing. Because at the end of every waiting, something good happens. :) I could hear better now, I could see better now, and I am a little happier now. I am a better person just because I was (and still am) willing to wait, ultimately for God to fulfill His promises, for God to grant my heart's desires, for God to reveal His grand plan for my life.
I used to think that waiting is a waste of time, but with God, nothing is ever wasted. :)
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