I’m impatient.

Shocking, I know.

I know some really patient people, but I am not one of them.

Right now, I’m waiting for a lot of things. But the one that is bugging me today is a package I’m supposed to get in the mail. When I ordered it, they said it would be here today. But then I plugged in the tracking number on FedEx.com, and the estimated arrival time changed to tomorrow. Of course.

In reality, that’s only 24 hours. Probably less.

But for an impatient person like me, that’s an excruciating 24 (or less) hours.

Other Things I’m Waiting For

I visited with a good friend today, and explained the life of a freelance writer as simply waiting for rejection letters.

Basically, I send out manuscripts, articles, pitches, and wait for the rejection letter. And actually, it’s quite a privilege to get a letter—I’m learning that in the publishing world, “no news is not good news.”

So that’s fun.

There are more important things in life that I’m waiting for right now, too. Like a job. A husband. Season 4 of Downton Abbey. You know, the big stuff.

But seriously. This waiting thing is not fun. But it’s also not a time to just twiddle my thumbs, either. Just because I’m waiting for something doesn’t mean I can’t do something else. Like write a blog post while I wait for that package. (Insert cheesy grin here.)

So I wait…

…for my coffee to brew in the morning, and while I sit at my desk, I glance up and see a sticky note on desk lamp. It says, “My soul finds rest in God alone!” It’s based on Psalm 62, which is all about—you got it—waiting.

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. 

In the space of 12 verses, twice David, this Psalm’s writer, mentions waiting on the Lord.

I look at that sticky note and I am reminded that, while it’s okay to wait for and anticipate my dreams, my soul should be resting—waiting—only on the Lord. He is the One who fulfills, satisfies, saves.

Now where’s that FedEx truck?!
(Sometimes it takes a while for Psalm 62 to sink in.)